Bitter cold loosens grip on Montreal, weather warnings lifted

Montrealers are able to breathe a little easier Wednesday, the first full day without an extreme weather warning from Environment Canada since Dec. 27.

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Published on: January 3, 2018 | Last Updated: January 3, 2018 7:16 AM EST

Karine Gingras, left, and Jean-Marc Cote ski over a bridge spanning the Petit Canal in Lachine Jan. 2, 2018. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

The bitter cold has finally loosened its grip, and Montrealers are able to breathe a little easier Wednesday, the first full day without an extreme weather warning from Environment Canada since Dec. 27.

The national weather service lifted an extreme cold warning early Tuesday afternoon as about five centimetres of snow started to fall on the Montreal region.

Flurries and light snow will continue until at least Friday, according to Environment Canada, which says we can expect highs of minus-9 Celsius Wednesday and Thursday. Friday will dip to minus-15 C.

The forecast isn’t as rosy for the rest of the province. Much of southeastern Quebec is under a winter storm watch that begins near Rivière-du-Loup and stretches into the Maritimes. The watch warns of heavy snow, high winds and possible flooding.

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