Alerts for: City of Toronto

Statements

4:47 AM EST Thursday 29 January 2015
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • City of Toronto

Snow on the way today and tonight.

An Alberta clipper will sail across Southern and Eastern Ontario today and tonight, bringing a general snowfall to all the regions. Latest indications suggest a total of 10 to 15 cm of snow will fall from Grey - Bruce east across Muskoka into the Ottawa Valley. Further south, most regions will receive 5 to 10 cm of snow in total, except for the Windsor and Chatham areas where snowfall amounts will be 5 cm or less due to brief ice pellets or freezing rain mixing in mainly this morning.

In the wake of a cold front associated with the clipper, brisk and gusty northwesterly winds will usher in fresh and colder Arctic air beginning this evening. Blowing snow in areas exposed to the stiff northwesterly flow is expected tonight as the cold air moves in.

Driving conditions will deteriorate after the snow arrives this morning, motorists should expect to deal with poor winter driving conditions as untreated roads will become snow covered and slippery. Low visibility in snow and occasional blowing snow may also contribute to the poor winter driving conditions. The snow from this clipper will likely have considerable impact on the afternoon and early evening commute home from work.

Environment Canada is closely monitoring this situation. Forecast snowfall amounts in general are below the warning criterion of 15 cm in 12 hours. However if this disturbance becomes a bit stronger than currently expected, snowfall warnings may be needed for some regions.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.

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