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A messy mix in southern Ontario

Drivers urged to take caution on the roads
Drivers urged to take caution on the roads

Matt Casey, staff writer

January 18, 2011 — Southern Ontario could see a mix of wintery weather on Tuesday, meaning drivers will have to be prepared for changing road conditions.

A mix of wintery weather for southern Ontario
A mix of wintery weather for southern Ontario

Commuters in the Greater Toronto Area are dealing with another round of winter weather. Freezing rain, snow, and rain could fall throughout the region on Tuesday giving drivers a mix of different road conditions to deal with. Slippery conditions have already lead to numerous accidents along parts of the QEW highway outside of St. Catharines this morning.

The system has also brought a temporary end to bitterly cold air. Temperatures in Toronto were around -19°C for the start of the day Monday. On Tuesday morning, temperatures hovered around the freezing mark. But don't get too comfortable with the warmer air, it won't be sticking around for long. “Temperatures will fall back to below freezing overnight tonight and there could be a risk of a flash freeze,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

On Monday, the freezing temperatures turned deadly when a 66 year old woman froze to death on a driveway near her home.

Freezing rain in the region should completely change over to rain this afternoon. “The rain-snow mix will persist throughout the day Tuesday before turning back to snow overnight, so drivers should be on the lookout for icy roads, off-ramps and underpasses,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist with The Weather Network. “Driving conditions will be slow.”

Snowfall expected through Wednesday
Snowfall expected through Wednesday

The outlook isn't all gloomy though: skiers in cottage country are in for ripe conditions.

Areas north of Orangeville, Goderich and Bancroft could see anywhere from 10 to 15 cm of snow.

To stay up to date on the changing weather conditions tune in on TV where the national forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour. You can also click on our Ontario cities index.

With files from Alexandra Pope

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