Despite it officially being Spring now, Environment Canada has actually issued snowfall statements in parts of Southern Ontario today. The warnings come as a low-pressure system sweeps across the province today, bringing up to 15 cm of snow in some places.
The warnings are in place in Eastern Ontario, including the nation's capital, Ottawa. There are also special weather statements in effect for Cornwall, Smith Falls, Brockville, and some of the other surrounding counties there.
According to the warning, precipitation is sweeping across the province and the near-freezing temperatures are causing it to turn into snow. Fortunately, because of the temperature, any snow that's falling right now is likely to melt on contact but as the temperatures drop tonight that's going to change.
Environment Canada warns that as the temperature dips below zero in some parts of Ontario this evening, the precipitation that is falling will become all snow. That's when accumulation will begin to happen, up to 15 cm to be exact. Environment Canada says that some places along the St. Lawrence River could see that much snow, while others will get anywhere from 5 to 10 cm.
On top of that, they also warning states that some strong winds are coming to Ontario as well.
Winter's not done with us yet. A special weather statement is in effect for much of the Ottawa Valley thanks to forecasted spring snow. #ONStorm #OttawaValley #ottvalley #ottweather https://t.co/HBlWKJaKTk pic.twitter.com/EWyRCNTY0O— Evelyn Harford (@evelynmharford) March 22, 2019
The statement from Environment Canada warns that with the snow there will also be winds of up to 70 Km per hour. Paired with the falling snow this could lead to blowing snow and cause visibility issues.
According to the statement, "Impacts on transportation are possible, particularly this evening and overnight."
There are no special weather statements in place for areas further south in Ontario, like the GTA, but that doesn't mean they are immune from the snowfall.
In Toronto's forecast today there is a mix of rain and snow predicted for this afternoon and in some places that mix of wet snow is already falling. Fortunately, the forecast also has sun and warmer temperatures moving in for the rest of the weekend.
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Eastern Ontario is also getting a bit of a warm-up this weekend too. According to the forecast for Ottawa, they are expected sun and temperatures closer to 5°C this weekend so any snow they get today shouldn't last too long.
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