Environment Canada issues special weather statement for Toronto ahead of rain and snow

Dec 23 2020, 7:37 am

A pre-Christmas cocktail of precipitation is headed towards Toronto.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the City of Toronto, calling for “heavy rain” followed by snow for Christmas.

“Rain is forecast to begin tonight ahead of an approaching low pressure system,” says the weather agency. “This rain will then continue into Thursday and become heavy at times. Total rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 mm appear likely.”

By Thursday night, the rain is expected to switch to snow after the passage of a “strong cold front.” A few centimetres of snowfall accumulation is forecasted through until Christmas morning.

Environment Canada says there remains “considerable uncertainty” as to the exact track of this low pressure system and the timing of the changeover from rain to snow. “This will ultimately affect how much snow may fall at any particular location,” concludes the alert.

The agency says motorists should be prepared for deteriorating winter driving conditions on Christmas Eve and Day.

Expect a high of 8°C on Thursday, before it drops to -6°C on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day is forecast to be -3°C.

Environment Canada

It gets milder by Boxing Day, and it will go back to 0°C by Sunday.

So yes, there is a chance of snow on Christmas Day.

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