POSTED: 5:10 AM EST Wednesday 01 March 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:
- Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
- St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
March comes in like a wet lion with very mild temperatures.
Areas of rain and isolated thunderstorms have arrived as expected and will move out of Southwestern Ontario later this morning. After a break lasting a few hours, allowing temperatures to soar to the mid teens, another round of showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected this afternoon as a sharp cold front approaches from the west.
The ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rain due to recent snowmelt and rain. Local flooding may be an issue in poorly drained areas. Motorists should also be prepared to encounter ponded water on poorly drained sections of highways today.
Very strong southwesterly to westerly winds are expected to develop
by early evening as the cold front moves through, with gusts to 70 or 80 km/h quite likely in many areas. Even stronger winds are possible
near the East end of Lake Erie here a wind warning is in effect.
As the cold front moves through this evening, the showers will turn
over to scattered flurries as temperatures plunge to well below the
zero degree mark. Poorly drained sections of roads may become icy as a result. Motorists should be prepared for a quick return to poor winter driving conditions tonight.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports to #ONStorm.