Rain, snow on its way for weekend

A messy commute is expected Monday morning. Flurries will end early today.
A messy commute is expected Monday morning. Flurries will end early today. Global News

TORONTO – If you’re a last-minute Christmas shopper, take note: it looks like southern Ontario could be hit with yet another dose of winter weather in the coming weekend.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement ahead of the impending bad weather.

Though temperatures are set to rise into the plus-side on the thermometer by Friday, it’s not going to last long.

There are a few disturbances that are making their way up to the lower Great Lakes.

The precipitation will move into the area Thursday evening into Friday. However, due to the uncertainty of the track, it’s not yet clear whether it will fall as rain, ice pellets, freezing rain or snow.

Models are indicating that north of a line from Kincardine to Barrie to Ottawa will see snow. It could be mixed precipitation south of that line.

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More concerning is the system making its way for Saturday and Sunday. This could be of particular concern for holiday travel.

“It looks like everybody in southern Ontario could be on tap for a notable snowfall for late Saturday, during the day on Sunday,” said Geoff Coulson, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist at Enviornment Canada.

“Of real interest is the event on the weekend,” said Coulson. “It’s a series of waves of moisture, the first notable one on Friday, then a pause on Saturday and then another wave comes through with the system late Saturday into Sunday. That one is shaping up to be quite significant.”

Coulson said it could even be close to 20 cm of snowfall, but it’s too early to tell.

So, if you’re a last-minute shopper, you may want to get out before the weekend.

And if you’re planning on travelling, keep an eye on roads, flights and train schedules as the system moves in.

Watch Anthony Farnell’s forecast on the Global’s News Hour for the latest on the weather.

For more info on Toronto weather, visit our Skytracker page.

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