IN PICTURES: Major winter snowstorm wallops Montreal
The first major snowstorm of the season walloped Montreal and much of southern Quebec Monday, turning the first day back at school into a snow day.
Up to 30 cm of snow is expected to fall on the metropolis as strong winds bring much of the city to a standstill.
Canada Post is even suspending its mail deliveries after issuing a red service alert at 11:20 a.m. due to the extreme weather.
Many people shared photos and videos of the storm on social media.
Like Stéphane, many Montrealers woke up to a wall of white Monday morning with visibility reduced to 400 meters by 8 a.m.January 17, 2022
This morning’s weather in Montréal. pic.twitter.com/E3ksfIjGxs— Artful Dodger au Québec (@leighF84135758) January 17, 2022 January 17, 2022
Some people braved the high winds and blowing snow...on foot.
Actuellement y a une tempête de neige à Montréal c’est une dinguerie on dirait un monde dans Pokémon pic.twitter.com/bIpUrBT3ha— QLA | CARDS EN PLAYOFFS ����♂️ (@FreemanSenseiTV) January 17, 2022
A man pushes a stroller during a winter snowstorm in Montreal on Monday, January 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
A man delivers fliers to homes during a winter snowstorm in Montreal on Monday, January 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
A man walks past snow-covered cars during a winter snowstorm in Montreal on Monday, January 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Others chose to head out on two wheels...January 17, 2022
Woke up to closed schools and white-out in #Montreal—25 cm (10 inches) of snow expected.
My bike ride to work was pretty slippery—except on the bike paths, which had been plowed by the city, more thoroughly than the streets themselves.
Much appreciated, @projetmontreal pic.twitter.com/CjnJ6kJ4qU
...and on four as well.
If you’re heading out today be very cautious when tackling some of the city’s steeper streets. I stood on the corner of Robert Bourassa and Belmont and shot this all within five minutes @CTVMontreal pic.twitter.com/B6HcW0TG05— Kelly Greig (@KellyGreig) January 17, 2022 January 17, 2022
Some were thrilled to see snow blanketing the city.
It’s a lot of snow. Montreal vibes! pic.twitter.com/G6sz7X75fJ— PierreNick lvl. 3 �� (@PierreNick) January 17, 2022 January 17, 2022
Others, not so much.
Quebec schools, daycares closed due to winter storm���� pic.twitter.com/S7XSuTahTH— Sally (@SallyTavZ) January 17, 2022
In case anyone's wondering, there are 62 more days left until spring.