Potential For ‘Significant Winter Storm’

POSTED: 11:26 AM EST Monday 29 February 2016  Environment Canada
Winter storm watch in effect for:

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

 

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More of this, but worse, could be on the way. (File photos)

A snow storm is expected for Southern Ontario Tuesday and Tuesday night.

A low pressure system developing over Texas today will head towards the Lower Great Lakes and is expected to spread an area of snow into Southern Ontario Tuesday and Tuesday night. This low will tap into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and has the potential to intensify into a significant winter storm.

IMG_0988This type of Winter storm often has a swath of 15 to 30 cm of heavy snow associated with it. The heavier bands of snow will begin in the Windsor to London area Tuesday afternoon and moving towards Toronto in the early evening. Freezing rain and ice pellets may also be a problem near the Niagara region. Exact snowfall amounts and the possibility of ice pellets and freezing rain will depend upon the exact track of this developing storm.

Travellers should be prepared to alter plans accordingly as driving conditions are likely to deteriorate significantly on Tuesday.

The development and track of this storm is being monitored closely. Please refer to updated statements and local forecasts for further details as the event approaches.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone.

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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