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Tricky morning commute in Ottawa, Montreal


Expect messy driving conditions in eastern Ontario and Quebec this morning
Expect messy driving conditions in eastern Ontario and Quebec this morning

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

March 10, 2011 — A combination of snow, rain and freezing rain made for a messy Thursday morning commute in Ottawa and Montreal.

Heavy rain forecast for Thursday-Friday
Heavy rain forecast for Thursday-Friday

Spring may be right around the corner, but Old Man Winter is still throwing some punches in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec.

A messy storm system has been sweeping across both provinces since Wednesday, bringing a mix of heavy rain and snow to some communities. At least 12 cm of snow has fallen in the city of Ottawa, and about 10 cm has accumulated in Montreal.

Dayna Vettese is a meteorologist at The Weather Network. She says the messy conditions are set to continue through the morning hours.

“We'll continue to get some snow and freezing rain before the precipitation switches over to rain mid-day,” explains Vettese. “That could make for some slippery and slushy roads.”

Rain is set to continue throughout the day and into Friday, with anywhere from 30 - 45 mm set to fall in and around both Ottawa and Montreal.

Snow blankets the Reine du Monde Cathedral in Montreal
Snow blankets the Reine du Monde Cathedral in Montreal

In southern Ontario, the precipitation predominantly fell as rain, but there was also accumulating snow in many communities. About 10 cm blanketed the ground in places like Sault Ste Marie and Trenton. 2 cm of snow was recorded at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, while 19 mm of rain fell in nearby Hamilton.

Earlier this week, the province of Quebec was hammered by a snowstorm that brought 25 cm to the Montreal area and 50 - 70 cm of snow to the Eastern Townships.

For more details on the messy weather in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec, be sure to check your local forecast. Tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the Highway Conditions Report come up at :24 and :54 minutes past the hour, and sign up to receive weather watches and warnings to your cell phone.

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