The increasingly extreme weather conditions, which cause rather unusual phenomena, will gain in importance, warns the meteorologist Gilles Brien.

Since the beginning of winter, Quebec has experienced an unusual freezing cold in December, followed by unusual rains on January 11 and 12, which helped to get rivers out of bed. In addition, there are some major winter storms that have given Quebecers plenty of snow to shovel, often accompanied by freezing rain, as was the case yesterday. In short, a very good mix of weather.

If many rely on the unstable mood of Mother Nature to explain everything, the meteorologist Gilles Brien warns that these extreme conditions will be more and more amplified.

“We have a climate that is more and more jostled by climate change,” says Brien. Studies reveal that atmospheric configurations of pressures, such as ridges, troughs, and other systems, are deeper, severe, intense, and amplified. “

Nature unleashed

We must, therefore, expect that Mother Nature will be unleashed more and more in the years to come. “It’s going to gain in importance, most researchers are consistent on this,” warns Mr. Brien. Global warming translates into milder winters, “he continues. We also note that the amounts of snow received also decrease, but come in more violent episodes.

More than ever, people will have to stay alert and take warnings seriously, Brien believes. “We saw it last year with the mess of Highway 13 during the superstorm. There were 300 tanks that were taken. People do not listen to weather warnings and warnings and they take risks, “the meteorologist says.

Less bad than expected

Fortunately, Tuesday’s storm did not cause any major incidents in the Quebec City area.

There are some 20 minor accidents on the territory of the Police Department of the City of Quebec and “some small road exits” on the side of the SQ. As for the work in the Saint-Charles River, the weather, fortunately, did not disrupt the progress of the icebreaking task under the Père-Lelièvre Boulevard bridge.

No timetable has been given by the Civil Security for reopening to traffic.

– With the collaboration of Pierre-Paul Biron