February 29, 2016 6:31 am
Updated: March 1, 2016 12:11 pm

Toronto braces for snowfall as winter weather arrives Tuesday

WATCH ABOVE: A blast of winter weather could make for a tricky commute home Tuesday.


A winter storm warning remains in effect for most parts of southern Ontario as a “significant winter storm” moves into the region Tuesday.

The weather office predicts some areas could receive between 15 to 30 centimetres of snow by the time the storm ends early Wednesday morning.

The areas affected by the advisory include Windsor to the west and all the way east to Cornwall. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is also under the winter storm warning.

“May not be saying much after the winter we’ve had, but this will be the biggest storm of the season for Toronto,” said Global News meteorologist Anthony Farnell. “Currently looking like 15-25 cm in town with totals approaching 30 cm from Hamilton to Niagara.”

The snow storm is a result of a low pressure system developing over Texas that will move towards the Lower Great Lakes and hit southern Ontario Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Environment Canada says the low will tap into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and has the potential to intensify into a “significant winter storm.”

Freezing rain and ice pellets may also be a problem closer to the Lower Great Lakes.

In the GTA, the snow will begin Tuesday morning but will intensify by the afternoon commute where 5 cm could be on the ground along with blowing snow.

By Tuesday night, snow will become heavy but will taper off before the morning commute Wednesday.

“This is a cold storm so the snow will be lighter and fluffier than most. Easier to blow and drift in the strong winds,” said Farnell.

Authorities are reminding travellers and commuters to alter their plans if necessary.

Motorists are one again being told to slow down as visibility may be reduced at times in heavy snow and poor weather conditions.

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