Special Weather Statement issued for Toronto ahead of 'major winter storm'

Jan 18 2019, 1:42 pm

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Toronto ahead of a “major winter storm” currently making its way toward the city.

The system is currently tracking south of the great lakes and is expected to reach the Toronto area early Saturday morning.

“Periods of snow associated with this weather system will begin Saturday morning and taper off late Saturday night,” said Environment Canada in a statement.

Between five to 10 cm of snow is expected in areas close to Lake Ontario, with only 2 to 5 cm expected in areas north of Highway 7.

The weather agency is advising that surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Very cold temperatures and winds gusting from 30 to 50 km/hr will also accompany the snow, making it extremely cold with the windchill.

According to Environment Canada, it could feel as cold as -20°C to -30°C with the windchill, and these very cold temperatures are expected to last until Monday morning.

Blowing snow may also be an issue Saturday resulting in reduced visibility at times.

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Stay warm out there, Toronto. And stay safe.

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