Motorists will have to continue to be extra careful over the weekend with all the snow that is expected in several regions of the Belle Province in this first winter storm of 2021.
Authorities warn that road conditions could deteriorate in a short time.
Depending on the region, from 15 to … 50 centimeters are expected by Sunday, which will certainly complicate travel. In addition to the accumulated snow on the ground, people who will venture on the roads could have to deal with a lack of visibility caused by gusts causing blowing snow.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) did not deplore any major incident on Saturday afternoon, but we remained on the lookout by noting several road trips that resulted in minor injuries or material damage.
“We suggest that people adapt their driving, clear the windshields and mirrors, have enough windshield washer fluid and turn on the headlights even during the day,” said Sergeant Claude Denis of the SQ. He added that you have to be patient in the presence of vehicles assigned to snow removal.
The roadways were partially covered, snowy and even icy depending on the different regions of southwestern and central Quebec, including the Outaouais, Greater Montreal, Laurentians, Montérégie, Center-du-Quebec, Mauricie and La Capitale-Nationale.
This was the case for sections of Highways 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 55 and 73, as well as several major roads such as 112 and 116.
Other areas further east should expect snow to progress towards them during the day on Saturday.
The Ministry of Transport urged people to remain vigilant and on their guard, “the road conditions can deteriorate quickly”.
It is also better to plan your route, snow accumulations can lead to road closures.
“The low traffic on the roads could also reduce the effectiveness of de-icing salts,” one indicated in a warning in effect.