Winter storm watch in effect for southern Ontario

Much of southern Ontario is being told to brace for what Environment Canada calls a “major winter storm” set to move in Monday night.

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The national weather forecaster announced Sunday that a storm moving up from Texas will spread ice pellets and blowing snow over most of the region Monday evening.

As much as 10 to 15 centimetres of snow and ice pellets could fall in Toronto, while the Barrie and Orillia areas could see as much as 25 cms of snowfall. The city of Ottawa could see as much as 20 to 30 cms of snow.

As well, strong winds gusting up to 70 km/h are expected in many areas Monday evening and into the night, with gusts to 80 km/h possible near Lake Ontario.

The storm watch is in effect from Sarnia in the west, all the way to Cornwall in the east. The only region not under the watch is the Windsor area.

Environment Canada says the roads will become treacherous in many areas so is advising motorists stay off the roads Monday night and Tuesday morning.

“Travel conditions will rapidly deteriorate Monday evening as visibilities drop to near zero and roads become covered in snow and ice pellets,” the forecaster said in its storm watch alert

Temperatures should rise early Tuesday, changing the snow to freezing rain and then into rain in the Toronto area. The snow will continue in the Ottawa region all day Tuesday before tapering off Tuesday night.


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