A new weather system called Winter Storm Xanto is approaching southern Ontario and Quebec from the U.S. Midwest this weekend, and it's expected to bring an onslaught of wintry precipitation across the region.
The Weather Channel reports that the weather system will reach the eastern Great Lakes by Sunday evening. This will create a "'battlezone' between very warm, moist air being pushed northward and a very cold arctic air mass over southern parts of the country."
The early stages of Winter Storm Xanto is expected to bring significant bouts of freezing rain over the weekend, however temperatures in some areas may initially still be above freezing. As the weekend progresses, the temperatures will drop, intensifying the snow and ice formation in the region. Here are the snowfall totals through Sunday, April 15 across Canada:
Major ice warnings have been issued for areas north of Toronto and the 401 corridor, including Waterloo-Wellington, Halton-Peel, and York-Durham, with up to 25 mm of ice possible in some communities. In eastern Ontario and Quebec, cities like Ottawa and Montreal could see a mix of snow and ice, with snow being much more dominant.
These forecasts match those given by The Weather Network, which also predicted ice storms for southern Ontario and snowfall risks across central and eastern Ontario (20+ cm). Read more on this weather story here.