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Warmer weather to grace southern Ontario

Seasonal conditions return.
Seasonal conditions return.

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 24, 2011 — After a bitterly cold weekend, temperatures are finally moderating to near normal across southern Ontario.

Roads may be slippery from the snowfall.
Roads may be slippery from the snowfall.

An Arctic high that sunk south brought frigid air to much of southern Ontario over the past few days. Early Monday morning, temperatures plummeted to -21°C across Toronto.

When you plan to spend time outside in freezing temperatures like that, it's extremely important to protect exposed skin because frostbite is possible in just 10 minutes.

There's a chance for some lake-effect flurries in the Golden Horseshoe area on Monday, so residents are encouraged to wear snow boots. “Higher amounts could occur if the bands move slowly,” explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist with The Weather Network.

Roads may become slippery with any accumulations, so remember to adjust your driving to suit the conditions. CAA spokesperson Faye Lyons says the types of calls they usually encounter in this kind of weather are dead batteries and flat tires. She recommends you plan ahead for a safe trip by carrying a road emergency kit in your car along with booster cables and a blanket.

Potential accumulations for Tuesday.
Potential accumulations for Tuesday.

The Alberta Clipper that is streaming across the region could bring 2 to 5 cm of snow on Monday. It's expected to deliver scattered flurries on Tuesday.

The good news is, a much needed break from the cold is on the way. Temperatures are expected to moderate near normal Monday night. By Tuesday, we'll see a significant temperature swing with the daytime high forecast around -2°C.

The city of Toronto was under an Extreme Cold Weather Alert since Friday. This type of warning is enforced to help vulnerable people out of the cold. Toronto will issue an alert when the forecast calls for a wind chill of -15, or an actual temperature of -15°C. The deep freeze continued for Toronto well into the weekend. It felt like -33 Sunday morning, while Ottawa was even more frigid, feeling like -39.

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