TORONTO – Environment Canada issued a freezing rain warning for parts of the Greater Toronto Area, including the Halton-Peel and York-Durham area Thursday night.
Mixed precipitation is expected to bring Toronto its first real taste of winter early Friday morning with heavy rains expected to turn into snow during the day.
A system that has developed over Colorado is making its way toward southern Ontario, Environment Canada said in a special weather statement.
Rain is forecast to begin Thursday afternoon and into Friday morning.
“Rain showers will change to snow on Friday afternoon in Toronto as the centre of the storm passes and winds pick up from the west,” Anthony Farnell, Global Toronto’s Chief Meteorologist said Thursday. “They will gust to 70km/h which will cause reduced visibilities in any snow squalls that develop. Roads will become snow-covered and icy on Friday night and Saturday as the storm slowly winds down.”
While there won’t be a large amount of snow accumulation in Toronto, Farnell said the storm could bring strong winds and dropping temperatures. Along with the busy travel season, conditions could significantly slow down commuters.
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The little amount of snow Toronto does get, however, will not stick around for long and Farnell warns that it will likely be a green Christmas in the city.
Those areas north of highway 7 though “are almost guaranteed a white Christmas,” Farnell said.
Eastern Ontario is expected to get hammered by winter weather.
On Wednesday, Farnell predicted areas near Georgian Bay will get up to 30 cm of snow from squalls “with near zero visibility and drifting snow.”
Environment Canada has also placed Ottawa and the surrounding area under a snowfall warning, suggesting the area could see up to 30 cm of snow.
Snow in the Ottawa area will taper off by Saturday, according to Environment Canada.