Ontario: Expect travel impacts Saturday as snow becomes widespread

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Ontario: Expect travel impacts Saturday as snow becomes widespread
Ontario: Expect travel impacts Saturday as snow becomes widespread

As the heavy rain begins to wind down across southern Ontario Saturday morning, precipitation will quickly change to snow as a result of temperatures hovering near the zero mark. Road conditions in parts of the province could rapidly deteriorate through the afternoon and evening because of the slick conditions. There will be a variance in snow totals across the region, but areas that will likely see the highest amounts will be in central and eastern Ontario through Sunday. Winds could also be gusty in areas along Lake Ontario. More on the impacts of this weekend storm and amounts expected, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Snow begins Saturday morning, strong wind gusts in the south in afternoon, could make for tricky travelling
  • Up to 25 cm of snow for parts of central areas, 10-20 cm for eastern portions through Sunday
  • Fair conditions, milder pattern for early next week
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

SATURDAY: SNOW, WIND GUSTS WILL IMPACT TRAVEL

As the rain changes to snow in Ontario, with wet snow in the GTA, road conditions will quickly worsen through Saturday afternoon and evening. In southern Ontario and the GTA, major roadways that could be particuarly impacted are Highway 6, 7 and the 401 east corridor.

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Through eastern and central Ontario, motorists will also want to be mindful when driving on Highway 7, 401 east and 417 from Ottawa to Montreal, Que. The system is expected to depart the province Saturday night, but there will be wraparound snow that will continue through Sunday.

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Winds will become gusty at times in the south Saturday afternoon, especially along the Lake Ontario shorelines, where they could reach 50 km/h from Toronto to Kingston. Parts of central areas could see winds in the 40 km/h range.

SNOWFALL TOTALS THROUGH SUNDAY

Portions of central Ontario will see up to 25 cm of snow through Sunday, while accumulations of 10-20 cm is expected in eastern areas including Ottawa. Totals across the GTA are expected to remain on the light end, with amounts in the 2-5 cm range through Sunday.

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At this time, the possibility of tree damage and power outages is less likely than previously thought.

MARK ROBINSON DISCUSSES POSSIBLE TRAVEL WOES IN THE GTA SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

FAIR WEATHER RETURNS NEXT WEEK; MILDER AIR TO START

Dry conditions are expected to return for early and the middle of next week. Overalll, there will be a mild pattern, but temperatures will trend closer to seasonal for Tuesday through Thursday, with daytime highs near or just above the freezing mark.

"We are keeping our eye on a couple of systems that could impact our region late next week and weekend, but it is too early to have confidence in the tracks of these systems and how they will impact the Golden Horseshoe," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham, adding there are indications of a return to more typical winter temperatures beyond Feb. 5, but confidence is low as to whether there will be an extended period of cold weather.

HEAVY SNOW, FREEZING RAIN WILL DEPEND ON YOUR LOCATION AND TEMPERATURE THIS WEEKEND

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast updates.