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Rain, freezing rain and heavy snow expected in the east of the country from Tuesday

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Unsurprisingly, this storm could cause dangerous road conditions .

The Canadian Press

Rain, freezing rain and heavy snow are expected in the east of the country, while a major weather system will sweep across the country. entire Quebec mid-week.

The storm will begin Tuesday afternoon in western Quebec and will sweep through the eastern part of the province during the evening. Total snow accumulations of 20 to 40 centimeters are expected in some areas, according to Environment Canada forecasts.

In Ontario, Toronto could to receive 5 to 10 cm of snow on Tuesday, and the Barrie and Newmarket areas up to 15 cm, according to Environment Canada. Further east, accumulations of 5 to 15 cm are forecast for Brockville and Peterborough.

If the winter storm affects all of Quebec, the snow will turn into rain in the evening in certain places, particularly in southern Quebec, namely in Outaouais, Montérégie, Estrie and the Saint-Laurent valley. These areas can still expect to receive between 10 and 20 centimeters of snow.

For these areas, precipitation will change to rain on Wednesday morning and there is a risk of freezing rain during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, said Michèle Fleury, meteorologist at Environment Canada, in an interview with La Presse. Canadian Monday.

Unsurprisingly, this storm could cause dangerous road conditions. The Environment Canada website indicates that roads, sidewalks and parking lots could become difficult to navigate and that visibility could be reduced.

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According to Michèle Fleury, trips on Wednesday morning will be the most affected.

Rush hour Wednesday morning is going to be quite difficult throughout the province, but particularly in the corridor from the Ottawa Valley to the north of Montreal, as well as the northern crown and Laval. /p>A quote from Michèle Fleury, meteorologist at Environment Canada

This would be the most favorable corridor for receiving freezing rain and the roads could be frozen Wednesday morning.

A return to temperatures close to seasonal norms is expected from Wednesday evening. However, more snowfall is expected to fall on Quebec this weekend. It is too early to know if these will turn into rain for southern Quebec, and the trajectory of the system remains uncertain.

The storm will sweep away also the Maritime provinces on Wednesday. There is heavy snow to be expected on the New Brunswick side too, particularly in the north of the province, indicates Michèle Fleury.

Snow will spread northeastward and cross the province early Wednesday morning, before changing to rain along the Fundy coast, according to the Environment Canada website. High water levels near high tide along the Baie des Chaleurs coastline could be caused by the storm, it is warned.

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