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Environment Canada issues special weather statement for Toronto

DH Toronto Staff Feb 07, 2019 1:14 pm

While Toronto’s freezing drizzle advisory from this morning has been lifted, the city is now under a special weather statement.

But that doesn’t mean there is no freezing rain in the forecast.

According to the special weather statement issued by Environment Canada, there is a risk of brief freezing rain this evening, but also, strong and gusty winds will be arriving near midnight.

“Patchy freezing rain will be possible over some areas early this evening,” reads the statement. “After a brief visit of mild air temperatures later this evening, a sharp Arctic cold front will blast through from the US Midwest near midnight.”

The winds are expected to gust to 80 – 90 km/h, and will arrive with a cold front and falling temperatures.

“These winds are strong enough to cause minor tree damage and a few local power outages,” warns Environment Canada. “Untreated roads may be icy in any freezing rain early this evening.”

According to the weather agency, it is expected to reach a high of 0°C on Thursday, but by this evening, temperatures are expected to rise all the way to 7°C.

The warmth isn’t expected to last long, as temperatures will dip back and will feel closer to -11°C tonight.

In the midst of the hefty temperature swing, there was a risk of thunderstorms in Toronto tonight… but it looks like that has also been lifted.

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