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Montreal weather: 'Confusion and delay throughout the city' … and that was 1950

Today, Montreal's snowfall warning is followed by a freezing rain warning as temperatures climb.

Rush hour on Ste-Catherine St., sometime in the 1940s or '50s.

We hear you, Facebook commenters: It snows every year. It rains every year. We know what freezing rain is like. We live in Montreal, we get it.

Still, the weather is news today, just like it was news in the Montreal Gazette Dec. 6, 1950:

Monday’s minor snowfall caused confusion and delay throughout the city during the rush hour. And only a couple of inches of snow fell. What will happen when the city is hit, as it is every year, by a real snowfall? Montrealers know only too well. Conditions such as these at Windsor and Dorchester streets will be widespread — but much worse.

In 2021, Montreal’s snowfall warning is followed by a freezing rain warning as temperatures climb. The snowfall warning was issued around 9 p.m. Sunday and said up to 15 cm was expected. That will be followed with freezing rain that could affect the morning commute. By midmorning, it should be plain old rain falling.

Environment Canada is calling for rain or freezing rain with a high of 7 C. The air quality in Montreal Friday is 52, or moderate.

At night: Rain, low of minus-7 C.

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