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Messy mix moving into southern Ontario

Conditions could be tricky on the roads with a mix of rain and snow
Conditions could be tricky on the roads with a mix of rain and snow

Matt Casey, staff writer

March 8, 2011 — The next system moving into southern Ontario looks to bring a fair amount of rain, but some areas could see some snow before the changeover.

Incoming messy system for Wednesday
Incoming messy system for Wednesday

A large storm system is tracking its way towards southern Ontario. It should start to roll into southwestern regions Wednesday morning and gradually spread eastward through the day.

Heavy amounts of rain in the Windsor region prompted Environment Canada to issue a rainfall warning for the area. Up to 30 mm is possible by the time all is said and done.

There's also the potential for snowfall in some areas before the rain moves through.

Rob Davis, a meteorologist with The Weather Network, says the snow could fall just in time for Wednesday's afternoon commute in the Greater Toronto Area. But accumulations will vary depending on how close you are to Lake Ontario.

“It could be one of those storms where the Gardiner Expressway doesn't see much accumulation, but highway 401 does,” says Davis. And that could result in a messy commute.

Snowfall in the range of 2 to 4 cm could fall in areas north of Toronto's downtown core. Davis says that it's just enough to interfere with the afternoon drive home.

“It's not that it's a lot of snow, it's the timing of it.”

The snow should change over to rain by the overnight hours on Wednesday in the GTA.

Meanwhile, areas north and east of Lake Ontario could receive up to 15 cm of snow, with greater amounts likely over the higher terrain.

Water levels rise as rain moves through
Water levels rise as rain moves through

Spring is just weeks away and signs of the season are all around with fluctuating temperatures and the variation of precipitation. With the transition from winter to spring, ice surfaces are becoming unsafe and should be avoided by both people and pets.

An increase in water levels this time of year are also a concern. Snow melt and rainfall can increase and speed up the flow of water in watercourses throughout the region.

Over the weekend, an eight year old girl was swept away by a fast moving creek near her home in Melbourne. Ontario Provincial Police are reminding everyone to keep away from all waterways.

Be sure to tune in to The Weather Network on TV to keep up to date on all of the details of this storm. You can also check your forecast by checking our Ontario cities index.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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