Snow, bitter cold weather expected this weekend: Environment Canada

Snow, bitter cold weather expected this weekend: Environment Canada

On Thursday afternoon the forecaster released a statement advising of a "major winter storm tracking south of the Great Lakes".

Environment Canada also issued an extreme cold warning that's in effect for the northern parts of the province today.

Periods of snow are expected to begin Saturday morning and taper off late Saturday night. The latest analysis suggests that snowfall amounts will range from 5 to 10 cm near Lake Ontario to 2 to 5 cm north of highway 7.

Cold temperatures and moderate winds of 30 gusting to 50 km/h will accompany the snow resulting in some blowing snow as well as wind chill values near minus 20 Saturday.

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Environment Canada says a winter storm is expected to hit the province throughout the day Sunday and overnight.

Meteorologists have been following a storm system developing in the US, and say that if the system tracks further south, it's possible that some regions now under special weather statements could be spared the worst of it. "Details should become more clear over the next couple of days as the system gradually develops over the southern USA", said Environment Canada.

Significant snowfall and frigid winds had already been forecast for this weekend, but the federal agency amped up its special weather statement Thursday, cautioning of reduced visibility and slippery roads by Monday.

The report said regardless of how the storm tracks, very cold wind chill values should be expected into Monday.

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