Bitter cold temperatures continue to grip southern Ontario, more snow and messy driving expected through the week
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 4:35 PM -
Widespread wind chill warnings have been issued in southern Ontario as bitterly cold temperatures and strong winds caused wind chill values to reach the -30s Tuesday morning.
While wind chills improved somewhat Tuesday afternoon, they are expected to return to near -30 or colder this evening in many communities.
The city of Toronto issued another extreme cold weather alert in an effort to increase services for the homeless.
"Frostbite (damage, sometimes permanent, to skin and body tissue due to freezing) and hypothermia (a life threatening drop in body temperature) will occur if adequate precautions are not taken when outdoors," warns EC. "These can occur within minutes."
In addition to the frigid conditions, snow squall watches and warnings remain in place in northern and southern portions of the province.
"Southwesterly winds will put regions northeast of Georgian Bay and eastern Ontario along the lake shores in the line of fire for lake effect snow squalls," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani. "Intense bands are expected northeast of Georgian Bay, so Parry Sound could pick up 30 cm by Wednesday."
Vaswani adds that areas like Picton and Kingston may be dealing with whiteout conditions throughout the day on Tuesday with wind gusts along the shorelines expected to be 60-70 km/h.
Blowing snow throughout southern areas of the province may also be an issue at times both Tuesday and Wednesday.
SLICK DRIVING CONDITIONS WEDNESDAY
"A trough situated in northwestern Ontario will swing through the north today and settle over the Georgian Bay area overnight tonight," Vaswani says. "The combination of this trough plus lake effect squalls will bring snow quite far inland for Wednesday morning including parts of the GTA and east towards Kingston.”
The greatest impact will be in the snow belts to the north and west of the GTA, and along the 401 east of Oshawa with significant blowing snow. However, given the very cold road temperatures, even a skiff of snow in the Toronto area could make for slick driving through the day on Wednesday.
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TWO MORE SYSTEMS FOR THE END OF THE WEEK
An Alberta Clipper is expected to move into northwestern Ontario Wednesday night into Thursday morning, eventually impacting southern Ontario Thursday overnight into Friday.
"This means that the drive into work on Friday morning will likely be a very messy one with snow on the ground," Vaswani warns. "Currently 1-3 cm is in the forecast."
A second system is expected to move in on Saturday and this one is more typical of a Texas low, which means it will likely be moisture laden.
"Currently 5-10 cm is in the forecast along with seasonal temperatures," Vaswani adds.
Be sure to check back for regular updates on these storms and tune into The Weather Network on TV as we track the snowfall amounts and possible impact.