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Special Weather Statement issued for Toronto: Storm brewing, power outages

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TORONTO, ON., March 20, 2020 – As all of Toronto is practicing self-isolation, the urge to get out and about will surely be reduced as Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the next 24 hours.

Isolated thunderstorms are still in the forecast for Toronto Friday morning, also expect showers Friday morning with severe wind gusts developing into the afternoon.

Rainfall accumulation graphic from The Weather Network

According to one of Canada’s most trusted weather sources, there is “Potential for Brief Severe Wind Gusts Friday Morning or Early Afternoon. Showers and Scattered Thunderstorms Tonight into Friday with up to 25 mm Possible in Some Areas.”

The weather statement says, “An approaching warm front will cause an area of showers and thunderstorms to move through the regions this evening and tonight. Some of the storms may contain heavy downpours with local rainfall amounts of 15 mm in an hour or total amounts near 25 mm possible.”

And then a cold front will move in, delivering severely high wind gusts Friday in the morning or early afternoon, preceded by a band of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Scattered winds will gust near or exceeding 90 km/h or more as this band of weather passes across the GTA.

“Given the scattered nature of the band, confidence in high winds gusts occurring in any given locale is low,” says Environment Canada.

The statement also warns that where these winds develop, power outages would likely occur.

Temperatures will rise to the mid-teens with a high of 17 celsius on Friday and then plummet on Saturday to a high of zero degrees celsius. It will then climb back up gradually on Sunday through to Tuesday.

Snowfall predictions for areas in the north from The Weather Network

To the north, according to The Weather Network the snow has already begun and “will last all the way through Thursday into early Friday morning, with 15-30 cm possible over a broad swath northeastward of Lake Superior, though expected amounts rapidly drop off the further south one goes, such that Sudbury may get away with only flurries, if anything.”

Environment Canada will continue to monitor this situation closely and may issue watches or warnings as the event draws nearer.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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