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Significant Snowfall Warning UPDATED for Toronto


TORONTO, March 21, 2024 – Well, so much for the early spring! Environment and Climate Change Canada initially issued a Special Weather Statement, saying a significant snowfall is possible Friday and into Friday night. ECCC has now updated (10 pm Friday night) its Special Weather Statement to a Snowfall Warning.

How much snow?

ECCC has updated its initial advisory of 5 cm – 10 cm of snow in the GTA to Snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm. Peak snowfall rates of 2 to 3 cm per hour possible. Reduced visibility in heavy snow. with locally higher amounts possible. The snow is expected to taper off from west to east late tonight.

Be careful out there on Friday

Commuters can expect reduced visibility in areas of heavier snow in the afternoon but light snow begins to fall Friday morning and then ending on Friday night.

Light snow Friday morning, is expected to “intensify late in the afternoon or evening,” says Canada’s most trusted weather source. The snow should taper off from west to east late Friday night. It is important to point out that ECCC says, “confidence in exact snowfall amounts at this point is low, although many areas may receive 5 to 10 cm of snow.

Toronto GO train yard after a snow storm in 2023. photo by Steve Uhraney

Higher amount of snow around the lake

Note that even higher amounts are possible for areas near Lake Ontario. There is also a risk of freezing rain for areas near Lake Erie Friday evening.

Evening commute

The snow may have a significant impact on the evening commute in more urban areas. Winter weather travel advisories and snowfall warnings may be issued for some areas as the event draws nearer.

ECCC advises area residents to please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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