NIAGARA – There’s some messy winter weather in store for Niagara as a low-pressure works its way into Ontario from Colorado.
Environment Canada’s Weather office issued the following special weather statement Sunday morning:
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A low pressure system developing over Colorado will track toward Southern Ontario tonight and Monday. Precipitation ahead of this low will reach Windsor this evening, then the Toronto to Georgian Bay area towards midnight, and finally the Ottawa Valley Monday morning.
Precipitation will start as snow, then change to ice pellets and freezing rain. Precipitation will change to rain for most areas Monday, except near the Ottawa Valley Tuesday. The main concern is that the freezing rain may last for several hours before changing to rain. Untreated surfaces may become slippery making for hazardous travelling conditions.
Snow amounts with this system will vary. General amounts of 2 to 5 cm are expected south of a line from Southern Georgian Bay to Kingston. From Parry Sound to Ottawa and Cornwall, 5 to 10 cm of snow are forecast. The highest amounts are likely to be over the Burk’s Falls and Algonquin regions, which may see 10 to 15 cm or more of snow.
The exact timing and amount of the precipitation will depend on the track of the low. As this system is developing, there is some uncertainty in the exact track of the low. Environment Canada is monitoring this system closely and will issue further statements and warnings as necessary.
Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca