It’s looking like we might have to wait until the end of the month to finally get some good Ontario weekend weather. The province is in for another brutal weekend of weather with some areas expected to be hit by 40 centimetres of snow. The weather is expected to also impact travel conditions on the 401.
Although Ontarians won’t have to contend with the same slippery ice accumulation that we did over the weekend, we are still in for more snow and rain throughout the week.
Heavy snowfall is on the table for this weekend, especially along the 401 corridors. Travel conditions near the highway are predicted to be impacted, So, if possible, avoid any big travel plans.
“This has the potential to be a high impact system along the 401 corridors and across southern Quebec,” explained Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.
“This system could bring between 20 to 40+ cm of snow to parts of southern Ontario.”
However, if you are in downtown Toronto, you won’t see as much as 20 centimetres, but can still expect to see 5 to 10 centimetres throughout Saturday.
“A weak system, however, will bring periods of mixed precipitation through Monday, with snow totals being just a dusting to 2 cm, along with a light glaze of ice,” Gillham continued.
On the bright side, residents will get a chance to recover from this weekend’s icy weather thanks to a welcome surge of milder temperatures early this week.
Sadly, daytime temperatures won’t reach double-digits as they did on Saturday, but they will float above the freezing mark through Wednesday.
Ontario got so much rain over the weekend that the Weather Network initially predicted that some areas could get their entire January rainfall average within 12 hours.
It was later confirmed that enough rain had fallen early Saturday to break several rainfall records, including Toronto Pearson International Airport, which received nearly 60 millimetres of rain.
The resulting flood ultimately led to the shutdown of several Toronto roadways.
On Monday, hours of freezing rain and ice build-up in areas such as Shelburne and Hopeville resulted in social media becoming full of pictures of the aftermath.