Live: Major snowstorm wallops Montreal, 33 cm so far

Schools, CEGEPs, universities closed as officials urge Montrealers to stay home or use public transit to get around.

Pedestrians cross Peel St. in downtown Montreal at the beginning of a major storm Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, that was expected to drop 30 to 40 centimetres of snow on Montreal overnight. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

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7:15 a.m.: Roads are in bad shape

The Sûreté du Québec says dozens of cars have skidded off highways since last night. But there have been no major crashes on its teritory.

Montreal’s police force is reminding drivers to clear all the snow off their cars before setting off. If you’re driving a “mobile igloo,” you won’t be able to see the situation around you, and snow flying off your car could affect other drivers.

7 a.m.: Take transit if you can, or stay home

Officials are urging Montrealers to stay home and if they can’t to use public transit instead of cars.

But if you decide to take the bus, the STM says you should expect delays due to the weather and road conditions.

The STM also has a message for users in wheelchairs: “Due to the weather conditions, we suggest that you re-schedule your plans and travel another time.”

Exo, which runs commuter trains in the Montreal region, says you should be careful on train platforms.

6:55 a.m.: Most schools closed

It’s a snow day for most Montreal students.

All the major boards have canceled Wednesday classes, as have universities and CEGEPs.

The EMSB was the most enthusiastic.

6:50 a.m.: 33 cm and counting

Méteomédia says 33 cm has fallen so far in Montreal and a few more are expected to fall in the coming hours.

6:45 a.m.: Good morning

We’re covering the snowstorm that has paralyzed Montreal. Check back often for updates.


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