Major snowstorm expected to hit Ontario, Canada

toronto skyline by michael adamczyk

A Texas low is bringing the potential for significant snowfall to southern Ontario, with the City of Toronto expecting accumulations of up to 15 cm (5.9 inches) on Wednesday and Thursday, January 25 – 26, 2023. This powerful storm system is expected to bring difficult travel conditions and reduced visibility, making it important for residents to plan ahead and consider postponing non-essential travel.

A Texas low is causing concern for residents of southern Ontario as it brings the potential for significant snowfall on Wednesday and Thursday, January 25 – 26. According to a statement issued by Environment Canada, the City of Toronto could see accumulations of up to 15 cm (5.9 inches) of snow, making travel difficult and visibility poor.

Meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg of The Weather Network explains, “A combination of cold air and moisture from the Gulf will mix to create a strong storm system that will move north and impact southern Ontario.”

The snowfall is expected to begin in the morning hours on Wednesday in southwestern Ontario, but will become more intense in the late afternoon and evening, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area. Snowfall rates of 1 – 3 cm (0.4 – 1.2 inches) per hour are possible during this time, and wind gusts of 40 – 60+ km/h (25 – 37 mph) may also reduce visibility on the roads.

Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa area will see the snow arrive in the afternoon, with the heaviest snowfall expected overnight and into early Thursday morning.

Given the forecasted conditions, residents are advised to plan ahead and consider postponing non-essential travel as delays are likely. Motorists should also allow extra time on the roads and be prepared for reduced visibility.

This Texas low could be the most impactful system of the year so far.

References:

1 Winter back with a force, 15+ cm of snow on the table for parts of Ontario – The Weather Network – January 23, 2023

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