Family Day snowstorm could bring over 10 cm of snow to parts of Ontario Monday night
Monday, February 17, 2014, 1:24 -
It's a system we've been keeping a close eye on since last week, with the threat of a Family Day snowstorm in southern Ontario.
Forecast confidence was always high that a system would move through, but exact precip types and snowfall amounts were difficult to nail down leading up to the event.
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"Latest indications suggest most regions could receive 5 to 10 cm of snow from this disturbance," said Environment Canada in a special weather statement early Monday.
"Most of Monday will see fair conditions, but the snow will move into southwestern Ontario in the afternoon and reach the GTA by the late evening hours," adds Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.
In addition to the snow, strong gusty winds are also expected to produce blowing snow, which could result in poor travel conditions and reduced visibilities.
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The City of Toronto issued an extreme cold weather alert as temperatures dipped to nearly -20°C Monday morning.
While temperatures are expected to significantly climb throughout the day, travelers are being told to prepare for possibly slippery road conditions as overnight wind chills could allow the snow to stick to the ground.
"The heaviest snow will fall through the overnight hours, impacting the morning commute on Tuesday," says Gina Ressler, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "That means drivers will need to leave extra time to brush off their cars and prepare for a slower morning drive."
Poor driving conditions are also expected in parts of northern Ontario, with upwards of 10 cm possible in some places.
"Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination as a result," warns EC. "Higher amounts are expected south of the American border in Minnesota where winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in effect."
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"The snow will taper through the afternoon on Tuesday, but this is the first of multiple systems taking aim at Ontario this week."
Vaswani says that another system is targeting the region on Wednesday, followed possibly by another storm late Thursday into Friday.
"The system on Wednesday will likely be quick and less impactful. However there is a chance for mixed precipitation down towards Lake Erie," she said. "The system for late Thursday into Friday will bring in a lot of mild air and there is a chance that this could bring all rain for southern Ontario instead of snow."
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