Snow and rain mix prompts special weather statement for GTA

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WATCH ABOVE: Two cold weather drop-in centres were opened for vulnerable residents while Toronto Public Health officials offered warnings for others. Mark McAllister reports – Dec 14, 2016

Environment Canada is predicting a messy start to the weekend as a large weather system is expected to bring a mix of snow and rain beginning Friday night.

A special weather statement has been issued for parts of the Greater Toronto Area and much of southern Ontario.

The weather office said “significant precipitation” will begin Friday night and continue into Saturday bringing snow which may mix or change to rain.

However, in some regions, the snow could also continue into Saturday night.

READ MORE: Extreme cold weather alert issued for Toronto

Despite frigid temperatures on Thursday and Friday, the weather is expected to reach above the freezing mark on Saturday for some areas.

Environment Canada is warning motorists and pedestrians to be mindful of poor travel conditions.

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Drier weather is expected in most places Sunday with the exception of areas to the southeast of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay where snow squalls may develop.

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