January 7, 2019 7:28 am
Updated: January 7, 2019 6:19 pm

Freezing rain warning, light snow and colder temperatures in store for GTA during rush hour Monday

WATCH ABOVE: Global News meteorologist Ross Hull says a system that is bringing in colder temperatures in moving into the GTA on Monday.


Commuters in the GTA are being asked to exercise caution during rush hour Monday evening as Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Toronto and surrounding regions calling for freezing rain.

Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Milton, Halton Hills, Oakville, Burlington, Pickering, Oshawa and the southern Durham region will be affected, according to the national weather agency.

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Global’s meteorologist Ross Hull said there’ll likely be freezing rain in the afternoon and evening.

“With temperatures below freezing and with a system moving in from the Midwest of the U.S. there is the risk of freezing rain this afternoon and this evening.”

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Hull said there is also a chance of snow.

“The system will come in two waves – the first will bring snow, freezing rain, and ice pellets to the GTA including Toronto this afternoon. Toronto could see 1-2 cm of snow.”

He said depending on the location, some areas might see ice pellets.

“There could be a brief period of freezing rain downtown but I’m expecting a quick transition to rain — it’s areas away from the water (like northern parts of the GTA) that could get into a few hours of ice making untreated roads or walkways slippery,” Hull said. “It will all change to rain later tonight as temps. rise above freezing.”

Motorists are encouraged to be extra cautious while out on the roads, particularly in the evening, as untreated roads may become slippery, which may impact the commute.

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