The end of winter is finally in sight, The Weather Network gleefully reported this morning. But don't hang up your parka just yet; a spring-like system is expected to storm through Toronto just in time for March Break. The Weather Network reported this morning that below-average temperatures will finally bid the city adieu. However, we won't be able to kiss the cold goodbye until a "significant spring-like storm" takes force in southern Ontario, coinciding with this weekend's warmer temperatures.
The weather forecast predicts we can expect to see milder temperatures by Sunday. The snow squalls that have been driven by northwest winds for the last several days should be ending by today in southwest Ontario, as an area of high pressure moves into the province.
Ontarians will likely experience a relatively "balmy" end of the work week, but are warned to monitor a Colorado low pressure system that will be moving into the northern Great Lakes region by late night on Saturday.
Once the system shifts across the border, we can expect to see rain as the dominant form of precipitation across the province. The rain may shift into a freezing drizzle overnight in areas north of Highway 407.
For certain regions of the province (mainly in the north near cottage country and toward the Nickel Belt), 10 to 15 cm of snowfall could accumulate as a result of the storm. Ottawa and eastern Ontario are expected to receive only 5 cm.
As for the rest of March Break, a warming trend will likely begin by mid to late week, and we can look forward to an overall milder weather pattern for the rest of March, although this may include a "significant interruption" in warmer temperatures.
"We are keeping an eye on March 15-20 and indications that this will bring a period of cooler weather, but it will still be much warmer than the first 10 days of March," reported Weather Network meteorologist Michael Carter.