Friday, January 24, 2020, 10:00 am – Snow shovel or raincoat? It will all depend on the temperature and location with another weekend storm pointing to Ontario.
Another weekend system could impact the trip through parts of Ontario again until Sunday, as it threatens widespread rain, ice and strips of heavy snow for some. There will be a wide range of snow totals throughout the region due to very marginal temperatures, but the greatest possibility of high-impact snowfall seems to be through central and eastern Ontario until Sunday. More information on the timing of this weekend storm and the types of precipitation involved, below.
- The rain spreads across much of southern Ontario throughout Friday, arriving in the Toronto metropolitan area in the afternoon
- Heavy rains, snow and risk of freezing rain, in parts of southern, eastern and central Ontario until Sunday
- Temperatures above the season are expected to persist until early February
- Stay updated on ALERTS in your area
FRIDAY: SLIGHT TEMPERATURES THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH, THE WIDE RAIN IS OFF
The conditions will remain mild and fair until Friday morning for most of the Golden Horseshoe, but with limited sun as clouds accumulate and rain extends until the afternoon.
The rain, which will sometimes be strong, will persist until Friday night with temperatures that oscillate just above the freezing point during the afternoon hours.
“The highest elevations in southern Ontario from Kitchener to Guelph and Orangeville, including highways 6 and 10, could see irregular freezing rain on Friday night,” says meteorologist at the Meteorological Network Kelly Sonneburg.
The rain will continue to spread eastward overnight, with the leading edge of the precipitation looking icy with the freezing rain and the ice pellets expected across the rural country and eastern Ontario.
SATURDAY: FREEZING RAIN FREEZING BEFORE TRANSITION TO WET SNOW
As the colder air mixes until Saturday, most rainfall will turn into a winter mix or straight snow in southern Ontario. Periods of wet snow are likely to persist on Saturday, especially near and north of 401.
“The snow will also spread to Ottawa during the afternoon, continuing at night and during the night,” says Sonnenburg. “Some freezing precipitation may remain in parts of eastern Ontario until Saturday afternoon.”
The snow will remain until Sunday in southern and central Ontario.
RAIN AND SNOW TOTALS
Until Sunday morning 15-25 mm of rain It is expected along the shores of Lake Ontario, to the Golden Horseshoe and Niagara region. Generalized amounts of 10-20 mm It could fall in the southwest.
Portions of central and eastern Ontario will see 10-20 + cm of wet snow with the potential for this to become a significant problem for trees, with possible damage to trees and power outages. Peterborough and its surroundings to the east could reach 25 cm of snow Until Sunday morning.
Check again as we continue to monitor this system.
HEAVY SNOW, THE FREEZING RAIN WILL DEPEND ON ITS LOCATION AND TEMPERATURE THIS WEEKEND