Threat of blowing snow in southern Ontario Thursday, another storm targets the region this weekend
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:54 AM -
After a winter that's brought record breaking snow and cold temperatures, it was only fitting that the last day of winter in Ontario was a stormy one.
"Widespread rain fell across much of southern Ontario Wednesday, with regions east of Georgian Bay and Lake Superior seeing snow instead," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm. "Localized freezing rain led to slippery surfaces and roads in areas north of Toronto."
The freezing rain risk also prompted some school bus cancellations and officials at Toronto's Pearson Airport urged air travelers to call ahead for the status of their flight.
"Strong winds and localized flurries are expected for southern Ontario Thursday as the system heads toward Atlantic Canada," Soderholm warns.
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Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for parts of the region warning of local blowing snow near Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and strong and gusty winds near the lower Great Lakes.
"Additionally, for areas east of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, rain has changed to snow and a few centimetres can be expected today," says EC in the statement. "Brisk northwest winds gusting to 60 to 70 km/h could produce local blowing snow with low visibilities."
ANOTHER STORM TARGETS THIS PROVINCE THIS WEEKEND
The winds over southern Ontario are expected to gradually ease through the afternoon hours, but forecasters are keeping an eye on the next storm targeting the province.
"A messy mix from yet another approaching system is on track for the Greater Toronto Area late Friday evening into Saturday," Soderholm says.
"Expect a range of snowfall totals from the southern to northern GTA, with 10-15 cm possible near the northern GTA or into cottage country," adds Doug Gillham, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "There might be a bit of freezing rain, but this is not an ice storm."
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