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Major snowstorm threatens Ontario with 30+cm, travel implications

Major snowstorm threatens Ontario with 30+cm, travel implications

A powerful winter storm continues to impact millions south of the border this weekend with snow, ice and rain. It will continue tracking northeast Saturday and Sunday, as millions across Central and Eastern Canada brace for significant snow and travel impacts into early next week. Special weather statements are already in place across southern and eastern Ontario, with snowfall moving in Sunday night across portions of the former. While there is still some uncertainty in the exact track, the storm will still bring substantial snowfall. As of now, southeastern Ontario and Niagara region are the areas to be hit hardest — with potential totals of 30+ cm. Meanwhile, travel will be dangerous and almost impossible Monday morning on the major routes including the QEW, Highway 427 and 401, and the Don Valley Parkway. More on the approaching winter storm and beyond, below.

SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY: SNOW PUSHES IN, SPREADS NORTH AND EAST, EXPECT TRAVEL IMPACTS

The potent winter storm will be tracking further northeast late Sunday, beginning to impact portions of southern Ontario.

Snowfall will begin in the overnight hours for the Niagara region and extreme southern areas of southern Ontario — along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. It will continues to spread further into the Golden Horseshoe overnight into early Monday morning.

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ONTIMING

ONTIMING

Major travel impacts are to be expected through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), particularly along the QEW, and highways 427 and 401.

In addition to the Niagara region, areas in southeastern Ontario, along the 401 corridor towards Kingston and extending up to the Ottawa Valley, will likely be hardest hit with 30+ cm snow.

Interesting note: This setup, track and positioning of the storm allows for downtown Toronto to receive more snow than areas further inland, like Pearson International Airport.

“We want to highlight that there is going to be an extremely tight snowfall gradient through the GTA. A sharp dropoff in snow accumulations is expected across the west end,” said Jessie Uppal, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The Toronto area for instance, is likely to see 10-20 cm of snow, but 20 cm is possible closer to the lakeshore and 10 cm slightly inland.

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onsnow

Things are significantly more dicey across southern Ontario. The western edge of this storm will see a sharp cutoff in snowfall totals. A short west-to-east drive could see a tremendous change in driving conditions, from barely snowy in the west to completely covered roads in the east.

The good news is this will be a quick-moving system, easing by Monday evening from west to east. However, it has the potential to drop significant amounts of snow in a short amount of time. Very impressive snowfall rates are expected with this storm.

TUESDAY AND BEYOND: THE WINTRY PATTERN CONTINUES

The rest of next week looks rather wintry with temperatures near seasonal or on the cold side of seasonal.

ONTEMPTUES

ONTEMPTUES

A clipper is expected Tuesday night and into Wednesday, followed by another shot of Arctic air for Thursday and Friday. This wintry pattern is expected to continue through the final week of January with a couple more blasts of frigid weather.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast for Ontario.