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Live coverage: Montreal announces a snow-clearing operation starting Wednesday

Stay with us all day for our continuous coverage of the first significant snowfall in Montreal. Questions / Comments?

9:50 am Winter Wonderland?

Gazette photographer John Mahoney is capturing the consequences. Here are some pictures of him.

A tractor clears snow from the sidewalks of Lachine City.

John Mahoney /

Montreal Gazette

Vitali Obraztsov clears snow from his car in the Lachine neighborhood.

John Mahoney /

Montreal Gazette

9:35 am Snow clearing starts at 7am on Wednesday

Let the search for another parking space begin.

Jean-François Parenteau, the Montreal executive committee who points out snow, says a snow-clearing operation will begin at 7 am on Wednesday.

He says it is the early days that the city has already collected snow.

9:30 am Help on the road

CAA-Québec says it has been handling 1,000 calls since midnight, with the eastern counties and Beauce particularly hit.

They are also offering some good tips for those who have forgotten what winter driving is like.

9:20 am Snow Removal?

Avoid the rush – download the app that alerts Montreal residents about snowblowing operations in the city.

You can download the iPhone version here and the Android version here.

Mayor Valérie Plante is holding a press conference this morning. We will probably know then if the city will be collecting snow that fell yesterday and today.

Let the snow-cleaning complaints begin … (this is a satirical Twitter feed):

9:05 am Yoo-hoo, we're out here

Clear snow from your vehicle before driving.

9:00 Some scenes

8:45 am Be careful out there

It's a tough trip this morning.

Authorities are also urging drivers to be patient about snow plows.

8:40 AM Live on N.D.G.

Gazette reporter Jason Magder is wandering the streets of N.D.G., talking to pedestrians and drivers about the snow. He found a disturbing scene – a sidewalk plow stuck in the snow.

8h – Summary

Montreal is excavating its first significant snowfall of the season. Roads are slippery, some schools are closed and several flights are delayed at Trudeau Airport.

Twelve inches of snow fell on Monday, with two to four more forecasts to fall on Tuesday morning, followed by high winds.

A snowfall warning remains in effect for parts of Montreal.

"Morning commute must be especially challenging due to the rapid accumulation of snow on the roads," making travel difficult, Environment Canada said in a warning issued at 4:30 pm.

"Visibility can be suddenly reduced sometimes in heavy snow."

With the roads slippery and many drivers still missing snow tires, authorities urge drivers to be more careful on the road if they have to leave.

Quebec drivers have until December 1 to install winter tires.

Some schools are closed, others warn that school buses may be delayed.

The Montreal Deaf and Vanguard Oral School said there will be no classes on Tuesday.

And on the Eastern Townships School Board, all schools and centers will be closed, including day care services.

The Marguerite-Bourgeoys Commission in Montreal and the Grande-Seigneuries Commission in the Montérégie region said their school buses would be delayed due to poor road conditions.

Several departures are delayed at Trudeau Airport. The airport is recommending that passengers check their flight status directly with their airlines.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said the city is ready for snow.

She made the comment after the city apologized for a slower-than-usual response to snow and ice dust that made roads and sidewalks slippery on many points on Monday morning.

The Montreal Transport Societe warned passengers that city buses could slow down in the snow on Tuesday. He asked passengers to check in real time the location of the buses on his website or in the public transit apps.

Exo, the provincial agency that operates suburban trains in the Montreal area, has also warned travelers, suggesting that train platforms and parking lots may be slippery.


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