It's going to be a rough morning for commuters as Ontario's storm continues to blow through the province. According to The Weather Network, widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to lengthen commute times across southern Ontario on Wednesday morning. So, if you’re planning on driving to work, you should leave extra early to ensure that you make it on time because torrential downpours will slow down traffic in certain areas. Hooray. 

The Wx Centre reported that the heaviest rain would fall around the North Bay and Sudbury area, where a whopping 30 to 40 mm of rain is possible by Thursday morning. Thankfully, the GTA is expected to receive a slightly less daunting 20 to 30 mm.

So, what exactly is causing these commute conditions? Well, according to weather experts, a series of thunderstorms wreaked havoc on the province during the first round of rain during the early hours of Wednesday morning. However, it is supposed to lighten up by the end of the day for some areas.

"The widespread rain will diminish to scattered showers during the afternoon hours, and clouds will mix with some limited sun at the end of the day in the south," explained Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

However, many Ontarians were kept awake last night as massive thunderstorms rolled through the GTA area in the early hours of Wednesday morning with some residents even spotting some hail. 

While others are expected to catch more rainfall, Ottawa, in particular, has been issued several special weather warnings about “potentially significant rainfall" scheduled to arrive on Thursday.

An AccuWeather report recently broke down which parts of Ontario will face the harshest winter this year. According to the report, northwestern parts of the province will be dealing with the most bone-chilling temperatures this season.

However, the rest of the province is expected to deal with a lot more snowstorms. The GTA and Ottawa Valley regions are both expected to see substantial snowfall this year.

*Disclaimer: cover photo used for illustrative purposes only. 

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