Spring-like weather comes to an end: Ontario braces for a messy Wednesday commute
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:17 PM -
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Rising temperatures, opened windows and melting snow.
Signs of spring have finally been popping up in parts of Ontario -- but the bout of spring-like weather will be short-lived with another storm targeting the region.
Environment Canada has issued winter storm and blowing snow warnings for southern parts of the province, spanning from Windsor and into Quebec.
A special weather statement covers much of the GTA with between 5-15 cm possible through the day. Some places -- like the Hamilton region -- could see more than 15 cm of snow accumulate.
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"Despite mild temperatures in Ontario on Tuesday, temperatures will drop below freezing in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday as the main pulse of precipitation moves in from the U.S. Midwest," adds The Weather Network's chief meteorologist Chris Scott in his latest Insider's Insight. "This ensures that all of the precipitation falling during the day on Wednesday will be in the form of snow. In fact, temperatures will fall from near freezing at dawn to -10 by Wednesday evening. With gusty northeast winds, Wednesday will feel like the dead of winter."
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Snow is expected to move in to southern Ontario early Wednesday morning, reaching the Greater Toronto Area through the morning hours and eastern Ontario Wednesday afternoon.
Roadways are expected to be messy throughout the day.
CHRIS SCOTT'S ANALYSIS: Wednesday snow storm potential in southern Ontario.
To make matters worse, brisk northwest winds between 40-50 km/h will result in blowing snow and poor driving conditions.
As a result, motorists are advised to exercise caution due to poor visibility in blowing snow.
"Time to reconsider non-essential travel tomorrow in southern Ontario, especially 401 corridor and south," Scott warns. "This storm will pack a punch."
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"The snowfall amounts will be dependent on the track of the system," Vettese says. "A more northerly track will mean more snow for southern Ontario and Quebec where a more southerly track would spell less snow."
This system is also set to bring up to 25 cm of snow to eastern Ontario and upwards of 15 cm of snow to southwestern Ontario.
Get an expert analysis of this developing storm from Chris Scott here.