Spring snow slows Tuesday commute in Ontario, temperature roller coaster continues this week
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 10:11 AM -
Rain or snow. You likely saw one or the other, or maybe even both, as a moisture packed system pushed into southern Ontario late Monday afternoon.
"Rain began in the afternoon hours on Monday and continued through the overnight and early morning hours," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm. "Some mixing was also reported in the London, Barrie and Renfrew regions."
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Up to 25 mm of rain had already been recorded by early Tuesday morning with an additional 10-15 mm likely in some places.
"Over the Dundalk and Haliburton Highlands, the temperature has dipped to near the zero degree mark, and as a result wet snow is reaching the ground in many areas," said Environment Canada in a special weather statement Tuesday morning. "Accumulations of 2 to 5 cm are likely, with locally higher amounts near 10 cm possible over parts of the Haliburton Highlands."
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Poor winter driving conditions are possible as a result of the wet snow and some slushy accumulation on untreated roads.
The wet snow will taper off through the afternoon hours as the low moves towards the Maritime provinces.
"Rain should also end in the afternoon hours for the Greater Toronto Area, but temperatures will drop compared to the past two days," Soderholm adds. "Cooler, but calmer days ahead, until Thursday when the next system sets in."
The warmest weather of the season is also likely to begin on Thursday, "quickly erasing any memory of the snow on Monday night," EC says.
Temperatures are expected to climb well into the teens in some places.
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