A messy mix of precipitation will target the southern area of the province Sunday and into the overnight. As the previous system tapers off, (which brought the snowfall in the Gaspe Peninsula area Sunday morning) forecasters are predicting that southern Quebec will escape the threat of heavy snow with this current system.
The powerful wind gusts are the biggest concern with this low. "Strong northeasterly winds funneling through the St. Lawrence combined with heavy precipitation (mainly rain) will make for a stormy, slow commute Monday morning," says Scott.
Commuters in the Golden Horseshoe of southern Ontario should consider re-filling their windshield cleaner before heading into work Monday morning. The forecast calls for a rain/snow mix overnight, and mainly rain for Tuesday.
Chris Scott explains that it is extremely difficult to pin-point exactly where and how much snow will fall when dealing with a tricky system like this one. Areas located in the higher terrain, such as Orangeville, Ancaster, Collingwood, and Aurora are most at risk for snow to accumulate.
During the Monday rush hour, most roadways in the Greater Toronto Area are expected to be mainly wet with a possibility of slushy patches, depending on how quickly the snow falls. There will also be reduced visibilities in the Cottage country due to strong wind and blowing snow.
The Maritimes will see up to a whopping 100mm of rainfall through Tuesday. The current system shows that the heaviest rains will be south of Fredericton and Moncton along the shorelines.
For areas of New Brunswick north of Fredericton, the situation will be slightly messier with a rain/snow mix Monday morning before transitioning into just rain. It would also be an ideal time to bring out a warm hat, as winds will be blowing unapologetically at 80 km/h throughout all the provinces.
I thought it was spring, so what's up with all this active weather?
Ask any meteorologist, and they'll tell you the same thing - "weather never repeats itself exactly". However, there was a similar case of a late-season snow event in April 2005. A storm tracked slightly farther west dumped more than 15 cm of snow just north of Detroit on April 23rd - exactly seven years prior to this current storm. Whether or not the snow will stick is to be determined, but one thing we do know is that Mother Nature always follows her own calender.