Temperatures plummet across parts of Ontario with incoming cold front

Environment Canada said the temperature is forecast to drop to -20 C overnight Thursday.
Environment Canada said the temperature is forecast to drop to -20 C overnight Thursday. Nathan Denette / File / The Canadian Press

Residents in parts of southern and eastern Ontario, prepare to bundle up as temperatures have taken a noticeable drop on Friday.

Global News weather specialist Carla Bosacki said an incoming cold front will bring arctic air south into the province.

She also said snow is expected to begin falling after midnight on Thursday and should continue off and on throughout the day.

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“The winds late in the day will cause blowing, drifting snow, and as we get into Thursday night, it will be the extreme cold that will be the big story,” Bosacki said.

While Toronto was forecast to have a low of -2 C on Wednesday, on Thursday the overnight temperature is set to drop to -20 C. With the wind chill, Environment Canada said it could feel as cold as -28 C by Friday morning.

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The average temperature low for this time of year in Toronto is -10 C.

On Thursday morning, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen De Villa issued an extreme cold weather alert for the city in anticipation of the colder weather conditions. The alert is in effect until further notice.

In Ottawa, the low on Thursday is expected to drop to -23 C with a wind chill value of -32 C.

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Temperatures will warm up a bit by Friday afternoon, but won’t return to above seasonal until Saturday.

Environment Canada said the Greater Toronto Area is expected to see two to four centimetres of snow. However, areas east of the region could see increased snowfall amounts.

Pearson International Airport issued a winter weather advisory on Wednesday and encouraged travellers to check the status of their flights on Thursday.

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