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Ontario messy weather moving east

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 7:19 PM -

Ontario is seeing out the last official day of winter with some communities in for a night of rain, freezing rain or snow. 

But spring will be only a couple of days old when the next snow rolls through the province, according Weather Network Doug Gillham, who says up to 15 cm could fall in parts of the northern Greater Toronto Area and cottage country.

On Wednesday night, the GTA and parts of the southwest were still seeing rain, on their way through to eastern Ontario, where a rain-snow mix and snow were possible for several communities.

This was after a morning that saw some some ice pellets reported in parts of the GTA, before temperatures climbed high enough to make the system an all-rain event.

As the system moves east through Ontario, parts of the province are in for up to 10 more millimetres of rain through the evening hours.

Environment Canada was warning of snow and/or freezing rain potential for communities on the eastern shores of Georgian Bay and eastern Ontario north of Lake Ontario up to the Quebec border, with some warnings in effect in the early evening, but once the cold front moves through, that should change to all snow.

The heaviest snow amounts were forecast for eastern Ontario and the Lake Huron shores, with 5 to 15 cm of snow possible for communities north of Lake Ontario, stretching well up into the Nickel Belt and into Quebec.

Snow will mix with and change to rain near the south of the affected regions, with moderate snow north of the lower Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers.

A special weather statement for the Nickel Belt was also warning of local blowing snow, with winds gusting up to 50 km/h.

The rain made for a messy commute in many communities, although it was a far cry from the past storms of the winter, including last Wednesday's storm which deposited significant snow and boasted very strong winds and plummeting temperatures.


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Daytime temperatures were relatively warm Wednesday, but Thursday will be cooler across the province, with a chance of some flurries in parts of the Greater Toronto Area and the southwest.

And looking ahead, Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham said messy weather is targeting Ontario again on Friday night into Saturday.

"Expect a range of snowfall totals from the southern to northern GTA, with 10-15 cm possible near the northern GTA or into cottage country," Gillham said. "There might be a bit of freezing rain, but this is not an ice storm."


TUNE IN: Watch The Weather Network on T.V. for updates on this evening's system, and the next one to come.


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