Why Ontario’s ‘snow snake’ caught many – including forecasters – off guard
Alerts in Effect
Weather AdvisoryIssued at 11:51 Thursday 27 January 2022
Winter weather travel advisory in effect.
Winter weather travel advisory in effect beginning this afternoon.
Snow with accumulations of 5 to 10 cm possible.
Reduced visibility due to bursts of heavy snow and local blowing snow.
This afternoon into tonight.
A band of lake effect snow, with peak snow fall rates of 1 to 2 cm per hour, is expected to develop off Lake Ontario this afternoon. This in combination with scattered flurries associated with an advancing cold front will make for hazardous travel conditions across the region. The snow bands will be pushed out of the region tonight as winds shift to a northerly direction in the wake of the cold front.
Motorists are advised to exercise caution.
Motorists should expect hazardous winter driving conditions and adjust travel plans accordingly. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
For road conditions and other traveller information from the Ministry of Transportation, visit https://www.ontario.ca/511, https://www.twitter.com/511Ontario, or call 5-1-1.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.