Thunderstorm and wind warnings were issued across Ontario on Friday morning as the province was forced to buckle down for the first week of spring. Ontario's weather forecast also called for powerful winds. Torrential downpours soaked southern parts of the province early Friday.

Multiple residents took to social media to showcase the brutal conditions that they had to face, including damaging winds that reached up to 90 kilometres an hour.  

Some users posted about blizzard-like conditions up north, while others shared their videos of low visibility on the 401 from heavy rainfall. 

"A strong cold front will sweep across the region this morning into early this afternoon preceded by a band of scattered showers or thunderstorms," read a statement by Environment Canada.

"Scattered wind gusts near or in excess of 90 km/h will be possible as the band moves through. Given the scattered nature of the band, confidence in high winds gusts occurring in any given place is low," the statement continued.  

Thankfully, it isn't all bad news when it comes to today's weather forecast. 

Despite the non-stop rain, Toronto will be able to enjoy temperatures as high as 18 C today to mark the start of spring. However, temperatures are expected to take a steep dive overnight.

According to The Weather Network, the GTA's temperatures were expected to peak around noon today.

By the weekend, daytime highs will dive to around 0 C.

"Temperatures will then continue to fall until Saturday morning, resulting in a 20-25 degree temperature difference. Eastern Ontario will see a similar situation, but the warmth will linger into the early afternoon hours on Friday," reports The Weather Network.

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