Montreal Mayor postpones Halloween due to rain and wind, upsetting many
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has invited her city’s residents to participate in trick or treating a full day after Halloween, on Friday, Nov. 1.
Plante, who has served as mayor of Quebec’s largest city since 2017, made the announcement via a Twitter “Weather advisory”.
A state of emergency was declared for St. John’s today due to a giant storm system that is moving through eastern Newfoundland.
Northeast Avalon can expect as much as 75 cm of snow throughout the day today.
The blizzard passing through the area is forcing the city of St. John’s to brace themselves for strong winds and heavy snowfall.
Danny Breen, the Mayor of St. John’s declared that the city is in a state of emergency around 11 a.m. NT. During the state of emergency, all businesses have been ordered to close and all vehicles outside of emergency crew vehicles have been told to stay off the roads.
Breen told CBC News, “Anybody that’s out right now, you need to return to your home and you need to stay there until we lift the state of emergency.”
Over 75 centimetres of snow has been forecast for the Avalon Peninsula by tonight and winds up to 150 km/h are expected in coastal areas.
Even snowplows have been pulled from highways by Newfoundland and Labrador’s government.
The conditions in the area started to get much worse during the morning as visibility worsened.
Breen noted, “When you get the high winds like that, and the snow, there’s just so many issues at play that you really do need to just shut it down, get everything cleaned up.”
Breen also mentioned that this is the harshest storm he can recall in decades. He said he does not know when he will be able to lift the order.
Snow was falling at approximately 10 centimetres and hour in St. John’s this morning and could continue at 5 centimetres an hour through the rest of the day.
Environment Canada Meteorologist, Mike Vandenberg said, “This is gonna be a bad storm,” he added, “Visibility is expected to stay pretty bad with a lot of snow blowing around for the next 36 hours or so.”
Many schools have been closed by the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. Metrobus also called off its transportation services and the St. John’s International Airport has cancelled most flights.
Vanderberg noted that recovering from the storm could take days as the storm will likely continue through to Saturday afternoon.
There is also a possibility of rising water levels and flooding near the region’s coast.
“One of our biggest concerns is that motorists may slow down due to poor visibility, get stuck in the snow, that sort of thing, and then a second motorist comes along and makes contact with the first — collides with the first,” said RCMP Const. Dave Bourden.
St. John’s residents are asked to stay indoors until further notice.
Meteorologists say Toronto and Southern Ontario will soon see the coldest weather it’s seen so far this year. Temperatures will drop and there will be a good deal of snow to top it off.
An extreme cold weather alert was issued by Toronto’s Medical Officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa.
Environment Canada issues these alerts when the temperature is forecast to be -15 C or lower. They are also issued if wind chill is predicted to make the air feel colder than -20 C.
The temperatures will be felt throughout the GTA.
Environment Canada says that on Thursday night there will be a low of -12 C in Toronto and the wind chill will make it feel like -19 C, accompanied by flurries.
The cold temperatures will carry on into Friday. The Weather Network said it will be “the coldest air we’ve seen so far in 2020.”
It is estimated that Toronto will see the most snow it’s seen all season with 20 cm expected through Saturday and Sunday.
De Villa’s alert from Thursday morning says, “Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health.”
“Those most at risk of cold-related illness are people experiencing homelessness or those under-housed, those who work outdoors, people with a pre-existing heart condition or respiratory illness, elderly people, infants and young children.”
Toronto Public Health is asking people to stay dry, wear layers and try to stay indoors if possible.
It is also advised that people keep tabs on friends, neighbours and family who may be more vulnerable to the dropping temperatures.
An annual snowball fight held at the University of British Columbia has been postponed due to a bombardment of snow, according to CTV. Unfortunately, a snowstorm has forced the organizers to move the event to Thursday at 12:30 p.m., according to a recent Facebook post.
UBC’s Point Grey campus had classes cancelled as well as other post-secondary schools in the area as a result of the storm.
The snowball fight known at the “Serious Snowy Showdown” will take place at the Main Mall between the Sauder and chemistry buildings on Thursday.
“Whether you breezed through syllabus week, took an extended vacation or are already submitting papers—we think it’s time for a break between classes. What better way to celebrate an early snowfall than one of our favourite campus traditions!”
Organizers are expecting thousands to show up for the “ultimate battle,” and joked on their Facebook event that this will be the perfect opportunity to “rally against that person in lecture who states things in the form of questions, provide some payback for the friend that ‘forgot’ your secret Santa gift or stand up to the roommates that stole your leftovers from the fridge.”
Tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. all who want to partake are asked to line-up on either side of the Mall. The next 15 minutes are for making your ammunition, and the first snowballs fly at 12:30.
A massive snowstorm is set to wreak havoc on Torontonians this weekend. It is likely it will blow through Southern Ontario.
Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Officer of Health issued an extreme cold weather alert for Toronto. These types of alerts are generally issued for the city when this wind chill is expected to reach -20 C or colder.
So far the alert remains in effect until further notice and the Salvation Army is taking extra measures to prepare to meet the needs of the homeless.
Environment Canada predicts a low of -13 C in Toronto this evening, with a a windchill temperature of around -16 C.
Temperatures are expected to bounce back up to 1 C on Thursday morning, however, the federal weather agency says the wind chill will remain severe at -16 C.
Friday will see a rise in temperatures before Toronto is hammered with a slushy mix of ice and rain for Saturday and Sunday.
The City of Toronto is advising the public to dress appropriately and stay inside when able.