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Heavy downpours likely to slow down Tuesday evening commute across Ontario -- and this is just day one of the system! See how long its set to last.

Heavy downpours likely to slow down Tuesday evening commute across Ontario; thunderstorm risk continues

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 2:47 PM -

The Tuesday evening commute could be a slow (or slower than usual) one across southern Ontario, due to a to a slow-moving low pushing across the region. 

Rain slowly made its way into southern Ontario Tuesday morning, while significantly picking up in the afternoon hours.

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"Parts of the region could see a brief period of clearing late Tuesday night," says Weather Network meteorologist, Matt Grinter. "The rain, however, will return for much of the day on Wednesday" 

Tuesday marks day one of a soggy week across Ontario

"Scattered rain showers will persist through the rest of the week and into the weekend," adds Grinter.

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The rain extends up into the Nickel Belt and northern Ontario Tuesday evening. 

"The only chance for any mixing with wet snow will be in extreme northwestern Ontario through the Pickle Lake area," adds Kelly Sonnenburg, another meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Chance for very strong winds and hail in SW Ontario

Chance for very strong winds and hail in SW Ontario

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There is also a risk for severe thunderstorms across Southwestern Ontario Tuesday, which can include hail and very strong winds. 

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of southern Ontario, warning of 50 to 70 km/h winds possible this evening. 

"These winds are capable of bringing down some larger tree limbs with localized power outages possible," wrote EC in the statement. 

This system is part of the same system that produced deadly tornadoes in the U.S.

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