Southern Ontario: Out of the deep freeze, but bracing for heavy weekend snow
Friday, January 31, 2014, 6:09 -
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After a week of brutally cold temperatures and snow squalls that resulted in road closures and a state of emergency, Ontario is bracing for another weekend storm.
"A Colorado low will move into southern Ontario and southern Quebec bringing moderate to heavy snow, mixed precipitation and an area of rain this weekend," says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.
The snow is expected to push into southwestern Ontario early Saturday, reaching the Greater Toronto Area by mid-morning.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement has been issued for most of southern Ontario ahead of the storm.
"This will be a tale of two GTA's," says Weather Network chief meteorologist Chris Scott. "There could be a big difference in snow fall totals from south to north. It could even be a scenario with a large difference across the city of Toronto."
Meteorologists say this system is a complicated one because it's expected to tap into some Gulf moisture and warmth. That means the exact track of the storm will determine the type of precipitation that falls in your area.
Saturday's GTA & S'rn ON snowfall could have a huge range from <5cm in Niagara to 20+ cm York region #onstorm— Chris Scott (@ChrisScottWx) January 30, 2014
All of southern Ontario, with the possible exception of the Lake Erie north shore, should start out as snow.
"This means sloppy travel even for those places that will see little snow overall (e.g. Windsor, Hamilton) prior to the changeover to rain," says Scott.
For the GTA, the snow will pick up in intensity during Saturday afternoon, which can generally be a busy time on highways.
"Even with change to rain in places, there should be sufficient accumulation for sloppy/slushy travel on most highways. Again, likely a large difference in road conditions from slushy or just wet QEW to snowy Highway 400/407," Scott warns.
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