Andrea Stockton, staff writer
February 23, 2011 — A brief warm-up is in store in southern Ontario Thursday. Enjoy it while you can because another wintery mix moves in on Friday.
After a snowy Family Day holiday and a return to frigid conditions this week, residents in southern Ontario can look forward to milder temperatures on Thursday.
“The region started to warm up on Wednesday as temperatures climbed to 0°C,” says Elena Grigorenko, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “And on Thursday, many places can expect to see daytime highs in the low single digits.”
Still, before things warm-up completely, motorists may have to deal with tricky driving conditions. Environment Canada says a disturbance that's moving in could bring patches of freezing rain to some areas Wednesday night and into Thursday.
“It may be a slippery morning commute for the Windsor and Niagara regions on Thursday,” says Grigorenko.
While temperatures will gradually warm-up throughout the day, the mild conditions will be brief. There's another storm that's set to move in for the overnight hours on Thursday.
“The exact track of the system is still a bit uncertain, but it's looking like Toronto could see up to 5 cm of snow through Friday, with higher amounts likely towards Niagara,” notes Grigorenko.
Environment Canada warns that significant snowfall amounts, strong winds and blowing snow could continue throughout the day on Friday.
Have you had enough of the winter season?
Around 50,000 people that answered the Quick Poll on The Weather Network homepage said they've had enough of the winter season and are looking forward to spring. But when we hit the streets in Oakville, there were some mixed reactions.
“The cold doesn't bother me, it's nice and refreshing...This winter hasn't been that bad I find. We've had way worse winters than this,” says one winter enthusiast. “Actually I enjoy it, but then it's not really fair because I just got back from Florida,” said another laughing resident.
For more details on what you can expect, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.