If it seems like winter is dragging on in southern Ontario, don't worry -- some relief is on the way.
Two Alberta clippers will move through the region in quick succession this weekend, bringing with them some of the milder air people on the Prairies have been enjoying. The first clipper will arrive Friday night, bringing flurries to Toronto and the north shore of Lake Ontario. Cold northwesterly winds will continue to fuel snow squalls that have been causing whiteout conditions around Lake Huron.
The second clipper will move through on Sunday, boosting temperatures above freezing. The warmer air means parts of the region will see a messy mix of rain and snow, but overall, “Things are looking up,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
“It's going to be a decent weekend with warmer temperatures and less torturous conditions.”
The sun has been shining on southern Ontario throughout the latter half of the work week, but it's cold comfort for many.
An extreme cold weather alert was in place in the City of Toronto on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the total number of extreme cold days so far this winter to 10. That's already more than last year; Toronto had seven extreme cold weather days in 2009/10.
However, it's nowhere near the 2008 total of 27 extreme cold weather alerts.
The alerts trigger extra services to help homeless people get off the streets, including 171 additional shelter spaces.
Over 130 seniors faced the frosty temperatures on Friday after being forced from the Scarborough Extendicare due to a carbon monoxide leak. The evacuees used a TTC bus as shelter for about five hours.
A man was also found suffering from severe frostbite in a ditch in Schomberg, Ontario Friday morning and later died in hospital. He was not dressed for the cold and police are still trying to determine how he ended up in the ditch.
It takes as little as 10 minutes for hypothermia to set in when temperatures plunge.
To stay up-to-date on the weather in your area, be sure to check the Ontario Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV as the local forecast comes up every 10 minutes on the 10's.
With files from the Canadian Press