Fall officially just started this week and already montrealers are apprehending what's coming next. Like every year, we get to enjoy the perfect and crisp temperatures of fall, followed by what some of us fear the most: winter
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Who says winter in Montreal says snow, a lot of snow, usually mixed with a nice blend of ice, freezing rain, and bone chilling temperatures. According to the Weather's Network forecast, the month of October will bring us some nice and mild temperatures, slightly above normal. However, André Monette, chief of MeteoMedia's meteorology department warns us that we could start seeing our first snowflakes by the middle of the month! (yikes).
Within a few weeks, cold air will strike southern Quebec and stay, bringing us a long and harsh winter for the following months. If the Farmer's Almanacs prediction also turn out to be true this year, winter will bring us cold periods in early to mid and late December with precipitations above normal. In their own words, we should all prepare for a "Polar Coaster", with extreme ups and down in both precipitation and temperature changes.
Don't forget that you have to change your winter tires by December 1st this year, and not December 15th like it's always been (the SAAQ just recently changed the date for safety reasons). Don't get caught in the middle of a snowstorm with your summer tires on, nothing good will come out of it!