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Record breaking cold grips southern Ontario: What's next?

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:28 PM -

Record-breaking cold gripped southern Ontario Wednesday morning just one day after a blast of snow made a mess of roadways.

Multiple communities dipped well below the freezing mark, breaking records from as far back as the 1930s.

"Both Toronto Pearson and Montreal's P.E Trudeau have broken their daily low temperature record," says Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler.

It will remain below seasonal through the remainder of the day with clear and sunny conditions, thanks to high pressure across the region.

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"A slow-moving clipper will approach northern Ontario late Wednesday evening," Ressler says.

"Around 5 to 15 cm of snow is possible through Thursday along the northern shores of Lake Superior."

Southern Ontario will see rain from this system on Good Friday, likely in the form of scattered showers.


Meteorologists are "cautiously optimistic" that Tuesday's snow event will be the last of the season.

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"May typically doesn't see much snow," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm, "and Toronto typically gets about 4.5 cm of snow in April."

Temperatures are expected to rebound on Thursday, courtesy of the southerly flow ahead of an Alberta Clipper, Ressler adds.

The real warm-up will come in time for the weekend with seasonal values returning to the region.

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