Toronto’s deep freeze is set to end by Monday evening.
The last of the extreme cold the city experienced over the weekend will gradually lift as newer, smaller weather systems are ushered in for the rest of the week.
Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips estimates that temperatures will reach highs of 0 to -2C on Wednesday and -5C on Thursday.
“This is the week the temperatures bottom out and they begin to rise upwards slowly…for the duration of winter,” said Phillips, adding that temperatures won’t drop back into the double digits.
But that reprieve in the cold comes with a downside: more snow.
“Currently there is some snow over Lake Ontario,” says Ria Alsen, meteorologist for Environment Canada, first thing Monday morning.
“Right now it’s sitting just over the lake hitting Toronto Island.”
Alsen warns the snow could push over the lake and if it does, it may be heavy at times.
“It’s a question of how much inland this burst of snow will come,” says Alsen.
If it does come inland, it will hit the city either late Monday morning or early afternoon with the possibility of 5 cm falling in and around the GTA.
The flurries at times may be heavy and higher amounts are possible if the lake effect band moves slowly across the city.
Visibility may be severely reduced to near zero at times in heavy flurries.
“The rest of the week will be rather uneventful, it won’t get as cold as it has been,” says Alsen. “We might see some flurries but no major systems are expected.”
The past weekend saw the coldest moment of winter thus far, said Phillips, with temperatures dropping to -33C with the wind chill.
-- Hayley Kelman, Staff Reporter