Another snowy hit before southern Ontario breaks into spring
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:46 AM - Yes, ANOTHER shot of snow is inbound for southern Ontario while residents continue to clean up and feel the effects from the destructive weekend ice storm. This week sure has taken a toll on the winter weary's psyche and has most of us skeptical that spring will ever arrive. Things are finally looking up. Read more on the arrival of real spring conditions, below. Spoiler: We're just days away.
- A system moving in Wednesday-Thursday brings more rain and snow across southern Ontario
- Rain/wet snow mix moves in Wednesday evening, changing to snow through overnight
- Light accumulations - dusting to 4 cm - expected by Thursday morning when system departs
- Below seasonal temperatures continue through the rest of the week
WEDNESDAY'S SUN GIVES WAY TO MORE SNOW
Wednesday brings another brief teaser of spring as temperatures climb (still below seasonal) and the sun peaks out. Our next system however, will track into the Great Lakes region on Wednesday night, swiping southern Ontario with another shot of rain and snow, bringing some snowfall accumulation.(MUST SEE PHOTOS: Northern Ontario sent right back into the heart of winter with 30+ cm of snow)
CLICK TO PLAY: TIMING OF SNOW AND RAIN
Precipitation will move in with a mix of rain and snow initially into southwestern Ontario Wednesday evening and largely change to snow through the overnight into the Greater Toronto Area and Niagara region as temperatures drop.
Throughout Thursday, snow and rain showers will linger over southern and eastern Ontario with another cold, blustery and below seasonal day with temperatures running 5 to 10 degrees below normal.
Highest snowfall accumulations will be west of the GTA towards Lake Huron, with 2-4 cm into the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph regions and trace to 2 cm elsewhere.
WATCH: CANADA IS 90% COVERED IN SNOW (STILL!)
THE FORECAST YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR! BONUS: IT'S THE WEEKEND WEATHER
Did you make it this far or did the talk of additional snow and November-like temperatures send you away? The good news for this weekend is that it will be NOTHING like the last. Icy, snowy, frigid etc.
"This weekend will be such a pleasant contrast to this last weekend!," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "Abundant sunshine is expected with temperatures near double digits on Saturday and reaching the lower teens away from the Lakes on Sunday."
The milder weather is set to persist through early and the middle of next week with temperatures possibly even reaching above seasonal values.
"The final days of April and early May will bring back and forth swings in temperature, with the final numbers tipping to the cool side of seasonal, but still much more spring-like than what we have been seeing," Gillham says. "Eventually we expect a pattern reversal with near/above seasonal temperatures taking over, but the timing is still uncertain."
FIRST TASTE OF EARLY SUMMER WEATHER, TIMING
According to Gillham, mid-May currently looks like the most likely timing for a true pattern reversal with above seasonal temperatures taking over.
"By this time, seasonal will be in the upper teens, so we could be looking at a rather quick transition from cool weather to early summer weather for late May," adds Gillham.
ICE STORM IMPACT AND ONGOING CLEAN-UP
Much of southern Ontario was able to wait out the damaging impacts from the wicked and historic ice storm at home over the weekend, but effects from the storm are still lingering, as heavy rain swamped poorly drained areas and flying ice off the top of vehicles had dangerous outcomes for drivers.
Even the Blue Jays fell victim to the storm when Monday night's game had to be cancelled after ice falling from the CN Tower damaged the Rogers Centre. As of Wednesday morning, the CN Tower remained closed as well as buildings in the area due to ongoing concerns of falling ice.
The prolonged freezing rain and high winds took a significant toll on power lines with Hydro One reporting about 200,000 customers affected throughout the entirety of the storm. Outages have been ongoing in the Ottawa area although less than 50 customers were without power by Wednesday morning. The City of Ottawa saw nine hours of freezing rain Sunday, six hours of freezing rain Monday, followed by a push of heavy rain after. Wind gusts of 60 to 70 km/h didn't help matters either.
The OPP were called to roughly 1,600 crashes in the Greater Toronto Area over the course of the ice storm, according to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt. Schmidt says that although conditions deteriorated quickly due to weather last weekend, most of the crashes were caused by poor driving habits.