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10:05 AM EST Thursday 22 December 2022

Winter storm warning in effect for:

  • Fort William – Shawville area
  • Rapides-des-Joachims area

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

A major weather system will move into Quebec this evening. Significant snowfall amounts, very strong winds and blowing snow are expected.

General snowfall amounts of 20 to 40 centimetres are expected from Thursday evening to Friday evening. Snow will continue into Saturday; total amounts for the event may be near 60 centimetres locally. Areas near the St Lawrence River will receive lesser snowfall amounts as the precipitation will change to rain.

Freezing rain is a possibility for areas near the St Lawrence River late Thursday night and Friday morning.

Strong winds gusting to near 70 kilometres per hour will accompany this system. Winds combined with the snow will give poor to near zero visibilities in blowing snow.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Heavy snowfall accumulation may cause tree branches to break. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #QCStorm.

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