Record cold temperatures in southern Ontario Wednesday morning, any relief in sight?
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:06 AM -
So much for warmer conditions on the first week of spring.
Parts of southern Ontario set new record lows early Wednesday morning as temperatures plunged well below the freezing mark.
In some places, temperatures dipped to the minus 20s (without wind chill), smashing records that date back to the 1950s.
"Winter is not completely finished with us yet, but I'm optimistic Toronto won't be this cold again until next winter," said Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham Wednesday morning.
That's likely music to many ears after an unforgiving winter.
Still, winter isn't giving up without a fight.
Snow squalls and sudden reduced visibilities caught some drivers off guard on Tuesday afternoon.
A cold front triggered snow flurries along Highway 401 and squalls off Lake Huron and Georgian Bay were reported through the evening hours.
HOPE IN SIGHT?
A gradual warm-up is expected as we head into the weekend.
"However, these warming temperatures are accompanied by a system that will bring both rain and snow to Ontario after originating from the Prairies for Thursday and Friday," warns Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
That will also help to cool temperatures once again on Saturday before temperatures rise for the start of next week.
TUNE IN: Watch The Weather Network on TV for updates on that system as it approaches.
While this may not be the forecast you were hoping for during the first week of spring, don't forget, it could always be worse.
Atlantic Canadians are currently dealing with a powerful Nor'easter that could bring upwards of 30 cm of snow, hurricane force winds and strong storm surge. In fact, this could be the worst storm to hit the region this winter/spring season.