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Snow, rain or sunshine? Ontario's long weekend outlook

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:17 PM -

It's been a chilly few days in Ontario.

On Wednesday morning, record-breaking cold gripped southern portions of the province just a 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.


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Meanwhile northwestern Ontario is in the midst of another round of winter.

Snowfall warnings are in effect for Thunder Bay and its surrounding areas with up to 15 cm of snow expected through the evening.

"This could be accompanied by periods of freezing rain along the shores of Lake Superior," warns Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm.

WHAT ABOUT SOUTHERN ONTARIO?

Temperatures are expected to return to seasonal levels in southern Ontario over the long weekend, but parts of the region will experience rain showers Friday afternoon into the evening.


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However, "The new forecast for [Saturday in] southern Ontario ... is cause for celebration," writes Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani

"With recovering temperatures and a mix of sun and cloud in store, this could be the best day of the weekend. Southern Quebec can expect the same, but don’t rule out some brief showers in the early morning hours."

ARE SEASONAL TEMPERATURES HERE TO STAY?

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

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

While snow in May isn't out of the ordinary, it doesn't happen very often, he adds.

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