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Parade of systems brings rain, ice pellets and snow to southern Ontario

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:13 PM -

A blast of snow caught many southern Ontario residents off-guard Tuesday morning.

Toronto Pearson only recorded about 3 cm, but that was enough to slow down the morning commute.

For the most part, it came to an end in the GTA around midday, with some flakes lingering through the day.


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 Meanwhile, eastern Ontario and southern Quebec will see snow through the evening.

The cold conditions were particularly bittersweet for some residents who were enjoying temperatures around the 20-degree mark on Sunday and Monday.

Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm says the messy Tuesday morning commute was courtesy of a parade of systems moving through southern Ontario.

Heavy rain hit the region Monday, followed by a cold front that brought temperatures down to February values.

That was followed by ice pellets and snow Tuesday morning.


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Things are expected to remain chilly on Wednesday, with temperatures returning to seasonal levels the following day.

WHEN WILL WINTER END?

Soderholm says he's "cautiously optimistic" that this will be winter's last hurrah.

"May typically doesn't see much snow, so we're holding out hope that Tuesday's snow event will be the last of the season. Toronto typically gets about 4.5 cm of snow in April," he says.

Still, it could be worse.

Soderholm adds that the worst April snow Toronto has ever seen was on April 10, 1939 when 26.7 cm accumulated in one day.


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