'Damaging winds' prompts special weather statement for Toronto this weekend

Feb 22 2019, 1:16 pm

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto as ‘damaging winds’ are likely on the weekend.

According to the weather agency, “damaging winds with gusts to 90 to 110 km/h are expected to develop Sunday afternoon after the passage of a sharp cold front. Areas near the Great Lakes are more likely to experience winds at the higher end of this range. The strong winds will persist through Sunday night and gradually weaken on Monday.”

The statement warns that damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Power outages are also possible.

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Additionally, besides the damaging winds, the forecast calls for flurries and blowing snow on Sunday afternoon.

Environment Canada forecasts local snowfall amounts in the 2 to 5 cm range are possible by Monday morning.

“More importantly, any fresh snow that falls will be whipped up by the very strong winds creating whiteout conditions at times,” reads the statement. “Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero making travel hazardous.”

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As mentioned yesterday, it’ll be around 7°C in the city on Sunday, so the winds will definitely dampen that potential warmth.

For now, you can store the bathing suits away. Winter is still kicking around, even with temperatures almost reaching double digits.