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SNOW TO GO!

A winter morning in Montral -- and it's snowing. But you're not surprised, are you? You remember that old joke about the city: Montral has two seasons -- winter and July. Well, not quite. But it doe...


September 1, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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A winter morning in Montral — and it’s snowing. But you’re not surprised, are you? You remember that old joke about the city: Montral has two seasons — winter and July. Well, not quite. But it does snow more here than in most major cities, including those icons of winter, Moscow and Oslo.

In fact, the average snowfall in the last decade is 226.4 cm (7.5 feet) per winter!

BUT WHERE DOES IT ALL GO?

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Every time around 2.5 cm (1 inch) of snow falls, over 4,700 km (almost 3,000 miles) of roads in Montral have to be cleared. That’s equal to the distance between Montral and Mexico City! And after major falls around 15 cm (6 inches) or more, most of the snow must get carted away in trucks.

It’s quite an amazing operation to witness. And one which attracts observers from dozens of other northern cities around the world, since Montral ranks first among large urban centres for expertise in snow removal management.

And so it goes, all over town, all winter long.

Excerpt from Tourisme-Montreal