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Winter storm buries Sept-Iles, QC

Picture by Caroline DeMontigny in Sept-Iles, QC yesterday night

A significant winter storm buried parts of Quebec (along the St-Lawrence River), with some local news stations saying up to 56cm of snow may have fallen. Strong winds caused significant drifting snow and buried cars.

Location of Sept-Iles, QC

As residence in Sept-Iles woke up this morning, they found their cars buried and trapped in the high snow drifts:

Picture by Caroline DeMontigny in Sept-Iles, QC this morning

Picture by Caroline DeMontigny in Sept-Iles, QC this morning

This post will be updated as Environment Canada updates their weather summary. For now, this is what ECCC has:

Weather summary for Quebec issued by Environment Canada at 4:28 p.m. EDT Friday 13 March 2020. Discussion. An intense low pressure system is tracking across Quebec today; a number of regions have been affected by either rain, heavy snow, blowing snow, blowing snow, freezing rain, or strong winds. Blowing snow in combination with snowfall has reduced visibilities to nearly zero over Northern and Eastern Quebec, resulting in a number of road closures. The following is a summary of weather event information received by Environment Canada. 1. Summary of rainfall amounts (in millimetres) St-Jovite: 22 Nicolet: 25 Montreal: 12 Beauce: 16 2. Summary of freezing rain (duration) Mirabel: March 13 at 4:00 AM Trois-Rivières: March 13 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM Quebec City: March 13 from 07:30 AM to 12:00 PM

3. Summary of snowfall amounts (in centimetres) Le Massif (Charlevoix): 23 Roberval: 8 Normandin: 18 Chibougamau: 12 Laurentians Park: 18 Grandes-Bergeronnes: 19 Baie-Comeau: 10 Mont-Joli: 12 4. Summary of blowing snow (duration) Roberval: March 13 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Chibougamau: March 13 from 09:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saguenay: March 13 from 12:00 PM to 3 PM Baie-Comeau: March 13 from 09:00 AM (ongoing) Mont-Joli: March 13 from 2:00 PM (ongoing) 5. Summary of winds (in kilometres per hour) Montreal Aprt: 81 St-Hubert Aprt: 83 Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial information and does not constitute a complete or final report. End/QSPC

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