Quebec: precipitation and strong winds in prospect as of Wednesday

MONTREAL — Significant amounts of precipitation are forecast for several regions of Quebec on Wednesday with the passage of a low-pressure system which will also cause the surge of particularly powerful gusts of wind.

Environment Canada transmitted special weather reports late Monday evening announcing rain for the regions of Montreal, Montérégie, Estrie, Laurentides, Mauricie and Beauce. This rain will be accompanied by strong southerly winds during the day that could blow up to 90 kilometers per hour in the evening.

Most of the precipitation will gradually cease in the evening, but windy conditions will persist on Thursday.

Daytime temperatures in these areas will remain above freezing through Saturday.

The sectors of Quebec and those located near the St. Lawrence River, the Saguenay River and the eastern part of the Gaspé Peninsula will have snow on Wednesday followed by rain, while elsewhere, precipitation will be snow and will be accompanied by moderate to strong winds. Environment Canada has not yet specified the expected snowfall amounts.

In the Côte-Nord region, the precipitation will stop on Thursday while the windy conditions will persist until Friday. The federal agency warns that the rapid accumulation of snow could make travel difficult in some places.

The regions of Outaouais, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Haute-Mauricie and Bas-Saint-Laurent were not the subject of any special weather bulletin on Monday evening.

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