Rain, Snow, Freezing Rain – Maybe

POSTED: 5:18 AM EST Tuesday 23 February 2016
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
  • St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region

A major winter storm is expected to affect Ontario Wednesday and Thursday.

A low pressure system is expected to develop and emerge from Texas today, then track northeast towards the Lower Great Lakes and intensify into a moisture laden winter storm Wednesday.

This winter storm is expected to bring significant amounts of rain, snow and ice pellets, along with the possibility of freezing rain.
These types of winter storms from Texas typically bring 15 to 30 mm or more of rain to locales that get mainly rain, and 15 to 30 cm of heavy snow onto regions that get hardest hit by the heaviest snow. A band of freezing rain and ice pellets often forms over regions near the rain-snow line.

The location of the heaviest rain and snow and areas at risk of receiving freezing rain will depend on the track of the low, which is still uncertain at this time.

Travelling conditions are expected to quickly deteriorate Wednesday as the precipitation arrives.

Please refer to weather statements and local forecasts which will be updated with more details as the winter storm evolves and gets closer to the region. Winter storm watches and various warnings may be required as the event draws closer.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

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