More snow is expected for southern Ontario to start in February | The Canadian News

More snow is on its way to southern Ontario to begin in February, just two weeks after a massive snowstorm hit the region.

Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell said although this week begins with a warming that will melt some of the 35 to 55 cm of snow that has fallen over the area, another snowfall is expected to move through the week.

The January 17 snowstorm forced Environment Canada to declare snowstorm warnings, distance education for students was expanded, drivers were stuck on major highways in Toronto area as plows could not keep up with the rapid snowfall and the cleanup took days.

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For this week, Farnell said the current milder temperatures “will not last as an Arctic front slowly pushes over southern Ontario from Wednesday.”

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“Rain, wet snow or even icy rain will develop along the front early in the day like a wave of low pressure from Texas,” Farnell said.

He said temperatures would drop to below freezing on Wednesday afternoon and the snow would start to accumulate, causing difficult driving conditions that would last until Thursday.

“It is predicted that a second wave will form low pressure in Texas and will also drive north along the front from Thursday to Friday. “There is still a lot of uncertainty with this second system, but more snow is possible later this week,” he said.

At least 10 cm to 20 cm of snow is expected right across the CTA with snowfall exceeding 30 cm in southwestern Ontario and into the Niagara region, Farnell said.

Winds of 30 km / h to 50 km / h are also expected to cause blowing snow, he added.

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Farnell also said although there is still a lot of uncertainty with this snowstorm, the expected prolonged storm could last more than 48 hours.

But he said the snowfall would be much slower than the big storm two weeks ago, but the duration would be longer.

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“There is still considerable uncertainty, especially with the second system later Thursday to Friday morning, but it is a protracted event that is different from the previous storm,” he said.

Farnell said at the end of the week that very cold air is expected at the back of the storm, which will make for an icy Friday and Saturday.

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