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Winter returns to southern Ontario

Winter isn't done yet in southern Ontario
Winter isn't done yet in southern Ontario

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

February 18, 2011 — After record warm temperatures and spring-like conditions across southern Ontario this week, a winter storm is moving in for the weekend.

Another record breaking day on Friday
Another record breaking day on Friday

Goodbye sunshine, hello snow. Some residents across southern Ontario will be trading in the sunglasses for a snow shovel this Family Day weekend.

“After southern Ontarians enjoyed some pleasant temperatures, in fact record breaking temperatures, I hate to remind everyone, but we're still in the middle of February,” says Patrick Cool, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Some places saw double digit highs on Thursday and Friday, but it was only just a brief taste of the spring season.

“We're seeing a cold front come through the region and that's dropping temperatures back down to seasonal,” says Cool.

Strong westerly winds began to pick up Friday evening, officially bringing the thaw to an end. Environment Canada says some places could see gusts reach 100 km/h through the overnight hours, which will make for challenging driving conditions.

And by Sunday, motorists will have other problems to contend with on the roads.

“We have a storm system arriving Sunday afternoon through southern Ontario and that's going to bring some snow, some freezing rain and even some rain showers to areas further to the southwest,” notes Cool.

Snow moves in Sunday afternoon
Snow moves in Sunday afternoon

Between 5 and 10 cm of snow is expected through the Greater Toronto Area with the risk of freezing rain as well. Heavier amounts of snow are likely towards the Niagara Peninsula due to lake enhancement with easterly and northeasterly winds.

Meteorologists say the battle between the spring and winter season is common at this time of year as there's still a lot of cold air entrenched across much of the north.

“Old Man Winter is going to have the last laugh,” warns Cool. “Winter by no means is over.”

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