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Environment Canada issues Special Weather Statement Toronto

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Ainsley Smith Mar 01, 2018 6:10 am 3,685

The weather this week has been all over the place.

Yesterday, Toronto broke a 65-year-old warm weather record for having the warmest February 28 since 1954. It was so mild that The Bentway Skate Trail had to close early for the season due to ice melting.

And to really keep things interesting, Environment Canada says winter weather will return today with the potential for a significant snowfall tonight as a late winter snowstorm is on its way.

Because of this, a special weather statement has been issued for Toronto.

By early evening, a mix of rain and snow is expected to move into the GTA, as a strengthening low-pressure system approaches the Great Lakes.

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Environment Canada

“As the low pressure passes by to the south, brisk northeasterly winds will pull in colder air and cause the precipitation to turn over to all snow this evening,” reads the special weather statement.

Toronto could see a total snowfall amount of 5 to 10 cm by Friday morning, which will undoubtedly result in a messy commute.

According to Environment Canada, there is some uncertainty as to the exact track and intensity of the storm.

“This will affect how much snow falls across the area, as the Toronto area will be near the northern edge of this late winter snowstorm.”

In addition to a snowy Thursday evening, we can expect strong and gusty northerly winds, which may result in blowing snow and very poor visibility in exposed areas.

Environment Canada says the snow should ease off overnight or early Friday morning as the low-pressure system moves away from the area.

Although the worst of the conditions are expected tonight, the Friday morning commute will likely still be affected.

Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go tomorrow and remember to drive with caution.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]
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