The worst of the snowstorm may be behind us, but strong and persistent winds will make for "blizzard-like" conditions across the GTA and southern Ontario Wednesday, reports The Weather Network. Blowing snow and isolated whiteouts will make for hazardous conditions on the roads today. Not to mention the fresh accumulation of snow and ice overnight, which is still waiting to get plowed in some areas.
According to Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham, wind gusts of up to 70 km/hour will sweep through the region today. These winds, coupled with a dip in today's temperature, will lead to wind chill values of -15°C by mid-afternoon Wednesday.
Up to 15 millimetres of snow and ice have accumulated on roads and surfaces in the GTA, which are now "encased in a cement-like mess" in some areas, TWN reports. Severe winds and ice buildup "may cause tree branches to break, possibly resulting in power outages," reads a special weather alert statement from Environment Canada.
After a brief pause in active weather, rain showers will pick up on Thursday in the Toronto area, just in time for Valentine's Day. Regions north of the 401 along the Golden Horseshoe can expect even more snowfall, up to 8 cm by Thursday night in some regions.
Tree branches bring down power lines in #Toronto after the storm. #snowday2019 Ice covered branches plus high winds. No major outages to report though. Temps expected to drop through the day. pic.twitter.com/xYPBOlzANd— Linda Ward (@LindaWardCBC) February 13, 2019
Friday will see a mix of snow and rain showers across the GTA, followed by a mostly sunny but bitter cold weekend. Saturday and Sunday will feel like -6°C and -8°C, respectively, a few degrees colder than normal, according to The Weather Network. Take a look at Toronto's forecast for the next week:
This "colder than normal" weather pattern will persist through the latter half of February and into the first weeks of March in southern Ontario. Then, we can only hope that a thaw and milder temperatures will move their way in.