Prepare for quick burst of snow, sudden reduced visibilities in parts of Ontario Tuesday
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 1:35 PM -
Lake effect flurries and more cold weather. It doesn't sound much like spring, but it's the gloomy outlook for much of Ontario this week.
"In northwestern Ontario a cold front sliding through brought isolated snow showers on Monday, which will translate into light snow for southern Ontario Tuesday through the day," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani. "Generally trace to 2 cm of snow is expected in the Greater Toronto Area with 2-4 cm possible closer to Lake Huron."
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Vaswani says, there could also be some lake enhancement in parts of southern Ontario at times on Tuesday along with gusty conditions, which could lead to drifting or blowing snow through the afternoon and evening hours.
Drivers are being urged to prepare for sudden reduced visibilities Tuesday as a quick burst of snow could result in poor driving conditions.
According to Dayna Vettese, another meteorologist at The Weather Network, it's actually a similar set up to when a sudden squall contributed to a 96 car pile-up near Barrie late last month.
Similar setup in the GTA as last month, when sudden squall contributed to major pileup on hwy 400. Drivers, maintain a safe distance today.— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) March 25, 2014
Temperatures will also remain frigid, before a late week warm-up for the early weekend.
"However, this is accompanied by a system that will bring both rain and snow to Ontario after originating from the Prairies for Thursday and Friday," warns Vaswani. "There is some model disagreement on the timing of this system as it moves east on Friday."
TUNE IN: Watch The Weather Network on TV for updates on that system as it approaches.
While this may not be the forecast you were hoping for during the first week of spring, don't forget, it could always be worse. Atlantic Canadians are currently bracing for a powerful Nor'easter that could bring upwards of 30 cm of snow, hurricane force winds and strong storm surge. In fact, this could be the worst storm to hit the region this winter/spring season.