Wednesday commute will be slippery and snowy
Tuesday may have been a sunny day, but another winter-weather system will make Wednesday morning’s commute a snowy and slippery one.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for southern Ontario Tuesday afternoon, warning of an approaching low pressure system from Texas.
Precipitation will begin in southwestern Ontario Tuesday evening and spread across the rest of the southern and eastern parts of the province into Wednesday.
A mixture of rain and snow is predicted for the southwest and near Lake Erie, but most other areas can expect snow.
Rainfall warnings have been issued for Windsor, Essex, Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Simcoe, Delhi and Norfolk. About 10 to 15 centimetres of snowfall is expected for regions north and east of Lake Ontario.
Toronto will likely see just a couple centimetres of slushy snow, according to the weather agency, but the northern parts of the city could get closer to 10 cm before changing into rain.
Drivers are being warned to brace for reduced visibilities with blowing snow due to southeast winds.
As milder air moves into the area Wednesday with an expected high of 2C, the snow will change to rain in most areas by the afternoon with rainfall amounts of 10 to 20 mm expected by Wednesday evening.
“It looks like a nasty late-winter system,” Ashton said.
And the bad weather will linger.
Ashton expects rain to fall Thursday and Friday as students and teachers prepare for March break, which begins for many at the end of the week.
But at least it will be warm. Thursday's predicted high is 8C.