Friday, October 15, 2010

Storm Update

10pm Update: As of 10pm this evening I have measured close to 56mm of rain here on Ile Perrot. The howling wind gusted to 84km/h at the airport at 2pm today. The strong winds cut power to over 60,000 Hydro customers in Quebec including 20,000 on the island of Montreal. The wind also brought down several trees across the central and western portions of the metro region. This evening strong low pressure is located off the Maine coast and precipitation is slowly winding down across the region. Light rain continues as does snow across the higher elevations of the Adirondacks, Townships and Green Mountains. Some locations may see up to 6 inches tonight. Flooding is occurring in the Champlain Valley where 2 to 3 inches of rain fell today, and a flood warning is posted for urban and small stream flooding. Conditions should slowly improve Saturday as this major storm pulls off into the Atlantic.

Wind swept rain falling in Montreal today. (Valley WX Pic)

2PM Update:
Heavy wind swept rain is falling in Montreal at this hour. Winds are gusting over 70km/h at Dorval (actually 84km/h at 2pm) and they have created some sporadic power outages as well as some damage to tree branches in the region. Radar is showing steady heavy rain moving from southeast to northwest across the island. The heavy rain warnings have been extended north to the south shore of Montreal. Upwards of 60mm can be expected by Saturday morning. In addition to the rain, colder air has been wrapping into the back side of the storm and rain has changed to snow on Mt Mansfield in Vermont, and also at Killington above 2000 feet. The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for the Green Mountains. Between 2 and 6 inches of snow is forecast with upwards of 1 foot expected at Jay Peak. Roads across the area are wet and slick with low visibility in the heavy rain. Travel with care today.

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