Monday night snowfall could result in a messy Tuesday morning commute in southern Ontario
Monday, February 17, 2014, 4:57 PM -
Snow is expected to hit the Greater Toronto Area Monday evening, creating the potential for messy roadways.
According to a statement released by Environment Canada Monday morning, the latest indications suggest most regions could receive 5 to 10 cm of snow through Tuesday.
"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," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.
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In addition to the snow, strong, gusty winds could result in poor travel conditions and reduced visibilities.
"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."
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Temperatures will slowly rise through the overnight, making roads quite slushy and slick for the morning hours, Ressler adds.
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While the snow is expected to taper Tuesday, multiple systems will take 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.
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"The system on Wednesday will likely be quick and less impactful. However there is a chance for mixed precipitation down towards Lake Erie," she says.
"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."