Ontario storm next week: Forecast models trend east
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 1:29 PM -
Weather Network meteorologists continue to track the potential for a major winter storm next week.
On Tuesday, forecast models indicated that southern Ontario could be impacted by this storm on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Weather Network's chief meteorologist Chris Scott tweeted that this next system would be "one to watch," adding that it was still too early for exact storm details.
"This storm will still be one to watch, but as expected, newest weather models Wednesday morning are suggesting a slight change in the track of the storm," says Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "At this point all models have trended east, which means that the storm may take a track that will be more impactful for the eastern United States and have much less of an impact on southern Ontario and southern Quebec."
Vaswani says the storm will likely develop in the Texas area as a "Texas low."
WHAT IS A TEXAS LOW?
Texas lows are packed with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, and they typically bring significant snowfall along with them.
"So when we get this type of storm it can be particularly impactful given that for most of January, Ontario has been seeing a series of Alberta Clippers, which are normally much drier systems that bring lighter snow given the cold arctic air they are associated with," Vaswani says.
While this is definitely a storm we'll continue to keep an eye on, Vaswani says it's not worth changing your travel plans just yet.
"To reiterate this storm is still a week away, and models could change once again. Stay Tuned!"
Models have backed off Tues/Wed S'rn ON storm for now but I believe pattern holds trouble. No guarantees 7 days out, but stay tuned #onstorm— Chris Scott (@ChrisScottWx) January 29, 2014
Meanwhile, bitterly cold temperatures continue to grip southern Ontario with many places waking up to wind chill values in the -30s on Wednesday.
An Alberta Clipper is expected to move into northwestern Ontario Wednesday night into Thursday morning, eventually impacting southern Ontario Thursday overnight into Friday.
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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.