Several municipalities in Quebec have postponed Halloween activities as trick-or-treaters are expected to face heavy rain, strong winds and even snow on the big night.
The City of Montreal confirmed Wednesday that Halloween will be held on Friday and encouraged residents to follow suit.
“I invite Montrealers to have Halloween on Friday because of the rain and strong winds announced tomorrow,” Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said in a tweet.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Wednesday advising a major low-pressure system from the Great Lakes will hit the province on Thursday and Friday.
“Total rainfall amounts could exceed 50 millimetres and winds may reach up to 90 kilometres per hour,” the weather agency said.
Several regions across the southern half of Quebec — including Montreal, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships and Quebec City — are in for a heavy downpour.
Environment Canada warns the rain could lead to flash floods and ponding on roads. Residents are being advised to put away any objects that “could be damaged or moved by the wind.”
As a result, several municipalities have also decided to postpone Halloween until Friday. Among them are the cities of Pointe-Claire, Westmount, Saint-Lambert, Sainte-Julie, Varennes, McMasterville, Sorel-Tracy, Mont-Saint-Hilaire and Magog.
Not all towns are on board, though. The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion, located west of Montreal, has no plans to delay Halloween activities.
Children heading out for candy in northwestern and central Quebec Thursday night will be greeted with snow.
Environment Canada says up to 15 centimetres of snow is expected for areas including Lac-Saint-Jean, Abitibi and Alma.
“Hazardous driving conditions are expected due to quickly accumulating snow,” it warns.
— With files from the Canadian Press
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