Winter storm warning now calling for up to 25 cm snow and ice pellets in Toronto

Feb 12 2019, 1:40 pm

Toronto’s winter storm warning just got a little more intense.

According to the latest update from Environment Canada, hazardous winter conditions are expected throughout the day and night on Tuesday.

“A winter storm with a combination of 15 to 25 cm snow and ice pellets, possible freezing rain, and strong winds is expected today into tonight,” states the warning.

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“Snow at times heavy continues over the region. Strong easterly winds gusting near 70 km/h will result in sudden and significantly reduced visibility due to blowing snow.”

There will be stronger wind gusts near 80 km/h near the shores of Lake Ontario this morning as well.

The weather agency says that visibilities should improve during the afternoon as the precipitation changes to a mix of snow and ice pellets, but they warn that there is also a risk of freezing rain later this afternoon.

The total snowfall and ice pellet amounts are now forecasted to be between 15 to 25 cm by the time snow tapers to flurries on Wednesday.

“Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve,” states the Environment Canada warning.

“There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.”

Environment Canada forecasted that Toronto will see snow at times heavy beginning early this morning then changing to ice pellets later today.

The high for this morning is 0°C, but it will feel more like -19°C with the windchill.

By tonight, there is snow in the forecast and a low of -3°C, but it will feel more like -11°C.

Environment Canada

Stay safe, Toronto.