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UPDATED: Significant Winter Storm To Cross Parts Of Ontario

Thursday January 1st, 2015, 7:22pm


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Last updated: Saturday January 3rd, 2:15pm

Environment Canada warns that a significant winter storm is expected to cross Southern Ontario this weekend, but they ended a special weather statement that was in place for Windsor and Essex County as well as Chatham-Kent.

They say that a developing low pressure system will track southwest to northeast across Southern Ontario on Saturday and Sunday.

Precipitation associated with this system should begin Saturday as snow before changing to rain later Saturday or Sunday, and some freezing rain is possible during the transition.

Snowfall amounts, before the change to freezing rain or rain occurs, will range from only a trace over Southwestern Ontario to 2 to 5 cm around and north of the Golden Horseshoe, to 10 cm or more over parts of Central and Eastern Ontario.

The freezing rain is generally expected to be brief in most locales, but more prolonged freezing rain is likely for areas northwest of the Golden Horseshoe on Saturday afternoon, and a freezing rain warning is now in effect there. Additionally, a prolonged freezing rain event is also expected for regions along the Ottawa Valley on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, and freezing rain warnings are likely to be issued for that area on Saturday morning.

On Sunday, temperatures are forecast to be well above freezing, reaching double digits in some areas. The warmth will be short lived, however, as a cold front will sweep across Southern Ontario from west to east through the day, bringing an end to the rain and a return to cold temperatures, strong winds and snow flurries.

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