Southern Ontario drivers waking up to snowy roads as winter storm moves through
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 5:32 AM -
STORM WATCH: Tune in on TV for regular updates on this system as it approaches.
The long-anticipated Texas low that's expected to make a mess of roads across southern Ontario started moving through south-western portions of the province Tuesday evening.
The storm is currently moving through the Greater Toronto Area, and a few centimetres is already on the ground, leaving roads a slushy mess for GTA drivers.
Forecasters say parts of southern Ontario are on track for up to 25 cm of snow, with the Greater Toronto Area getting between 10 cm and 20 cm depending on location.
While the worst of the system is passing through the United States - winter storm warnings are in effect from Kansas all the way through to Maine - southern Ontario will be significantly hit as well.
The Niagara and Hamilton regions, along with Lake Erie communities, could receive more than 20 cm of snow by the time this system is done.
Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings Tuesday morning for those areas, as well as the regions of Halton and Peel and elsewhere inland of the Golden Horseshoe, and forecasters are warning those regions could see some lake-effect enhancement.
Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham said wind gusts of up to 50 km/h will make for difficult driving conditions along some highways, as the powdery snow will be easily blown around to make for severe white-outs.
"Travel on the QEW from Burlington to Fore Erie will be highly impacted," he warns.
BEAT THE TRAFFIC : Get The App. Get There Sooner. Beat the Traffic helps ease your commute with recommended routes and real-time adjustments. Beat the Traffic by downloading it today for Apple and now on Android devices as well.
For the Ottawa area, right across to Montreal, amounts will be comparatively lower, with snow expected to pick up in the afternoon.
The storm will be mostly over by the afternoon and evening, on its way to Atlantic Canada, but with persistent strong winds, the risk of blowing snow will remain.
This is actually the second of two Texas lows targeting eastern Canada in recent days. The first low had an impact over the past weekend. We're keeping an eye on another system that may bring more winter weather to southern Ontario early next week.
January was a comparatively harsh one for southern Ontario, with storm after storm striking the region, along with dangerously cold temperatures, making for what Weather Network meteorologists say is a "classic" winter for Toronto.
The snowy weather along some of the busiest highways in Canada led to fatalities and major traffic chaos. Read a look back at the worst road conditions of 2014.