Author: Troy Boone

Ontario

[UPDATED] Freezing Rain & Power Outage Risk Across Portions…

A risk of freezing rain supersedes an early February warm-up. A temperature roller coaster with a risk of freezing rain will be the story this week across Southwestern Ontario.

Rainfall and above seasonal temperatures are the story this evening into the overnight. Rainfall ends before morning, with temperatures falling throughout the day.

Be mindful around streams and creeks Tuesday morning. As well as, on roadways, where standing water could lead to hydroplaning. Rainfall and snow-melt will lead to higher water levels. Stay tuned to your local Conservation Authority for the latest information.

A freezing rain risk develops by Wednesday morning. This may be an extended period of freezing drizzle & freezing rain for locales north of Lake Erie, including the 401/402 corridor. Local freezing rain accretion may approach or exceed 15mm. Ice pellets and patchy freezing drizzle will be the story for the rest of Southwestern and Central Ontario.

Projected Freezing rain between Wednesday & Thursday AM. Freezing rain will also track east of Lake Huron. Hamilton-Brantford will be at risk for 15mm of ice accretion and power outages.

There will be two waves of precipitation. The second translates across the region Thursday along a developing low-pressure system. There is some uncertainty in regards to the evolution of this system. Current model guidance suggests a northerly track, leading to a surge in temperatures (above freezing) across Southern Ontario, Thursday. This would be a big snow maker across Northern Ontario & Quebec.

Projected Power Outages Through Wednesday Evening.

Sporadic power outages are anticipated across portions of Southwestern Ontario. A stiff northeasterly wind (aiding in low-level cold delivery), will be enhanced over Lake Ontario. Bringing wind gusts to 40km/h downwind of the lake. Sporadic power outages will begin throughout the evening. Peaking between 8pm-12am Wednesday. An extended period of freezing drizzle will succeed the initial wave of convective-driven freezing rain. For regions East of the Escarpment, through South Central Ontario & the Northern GTA this will be a primarily ice pellet event. Briefly beginning as snow, especially stretching from the Bruce Peninsula through Northern sections of Central Ontario.

Charge those devices! And stay tuned.

Alberta

Major Snowstorm Slices Through British Columbia & the Prairies

A Major Pattern reversal is underway across Western Canada. Cold air will descend from Northern Canada beginning Friday, coinciding with an extended period of heavy snowfall.

Our forecasting team will be closely monitoring the progression a major winter storm beginning Thursday evening. The Winter Storm isn’t expected to bring heavy snowfall rates, but rather an extended period of light-moderate snow over the next 48 hours.

The heaviest snowfall totals are expected through the Rockies; across British Columbia and Alberta. Where in excess of 50cm of snow is expected to fall. Even major cities, such as Edmonton won’t escape the wintry weather. With 30 or more centimeters projected to fall, over the next couple days.

Projected Snowfall Totals through Saturday PM
**Click map to make it zoomable.
Ontario

BREAKING: The DVP in Toronto Comes to a Standstill

Ontario

Overachieving Clipper Targets 401 Corridor Overnight

Our forecasting team is tracking an overachieving Clipper system tracking through the Lower Great Lakes Overnight. Dissipating West to East through Sunday AM.

A quick burst of snow begins near midnight tonight, persisting through the pre-dawn hours (5-6am) Sunday morning. Generally, 3-8cm is expected. Due to the nature of clipper systems amounts will vary throughout the forecast area.

Projected Snowfall through Pre-Dawn Sunday, across Southern Ontario.

Wind gusts to 60-70km/h are expected along the north shore of Lake Erie (along the Niagara Peninsula), early Sunday morning. Watch for local blowing snow and poor travel in the area.

Exercise caution if you are travelling early Sunday morning. Since it is a weekend, little impact to transportation is anticipated. 

Alberta

[UPDATED] Prairies: Not Your Usual Clipper System This Weekend

Alberta Clippers are synonymous for bringing snowfall lee of the Canadian Rockies, during December and January. These typically moisture-starved systems are fast movers, ejecting quickly out of Alberta, through the Southern Prairies – towards the Great Lakes. Read more about Alberta Clippers here.

A clipper is expected to form in Northern Alberta Saturday evening. Normally, these systems are more of a nuisance, accompanied by low snowfall totals and quick forward motion. On the contrary, this weekends system will flourish. Thanks to clashing temperatures and abundant Pacific moisture.

SNOWFALL TOTALS

Accumulations will vary greatly throughout the Prairies, bearing in mind the heaviest snow will fall along a narrow swath. Current guidance suggests close to 15cm across the northern extent of the darker shaded region (in our forecast map). Including, Northern & Central Alberta. The heaviest snow (~20cm) will fall across Extreme Southwest Manitoba and Southeast Saskatchewan. *Model guidance has increased snowfall totals further into Southwestern Manitoba, where Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings. Several warnings now stretch across parts of Prairies.

There will be another swath of snow tracking down the Rockies, bringing 10-20cm. It looks like Calgary will be limited to less than 5cm through Friday. By Saturday, a steep contrast in temperature envelopes the Prairies. Calgary will see a high of 9c and sunshine. Whereas, Eastern Saskatchewan will still be below freezing.

Projected snowfall totals through this weekend.

STRONG WINDS & BLOWING SNOW

Winds pickup between the Grande Prairie – Whitecourt corridor early Saturday evening. Winds sustained at or over 30km/h, gusting 60-80km/h. Gusty winds will overspread much of Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan overnight Saturday into Sunday morning. The strongest wind gusts aren’t expected to coincide with the heaviest swath of snow. Still, freshly fallen snowfall, which is dry and light – will combine with gusty winds. Bringing local blowing and drifting snow. Stay tuned to weather advisories, or statements pertaining to any potential road closures.

Ontario

A Wintery Mix Supersedes Extreme Cold Across the Great…

Winter returns to the Great Lakes, after an extended lull in activity and cold air between December and early January. Find out where, and, how bad the ‘next one’ will be.

KEY DETAILS

An area of low-pressure tracks through Illinois late this evening. Tracking through Michigan & Northeast Ontario by Wednesday afternoon & evening. Precipitation begins as snow across Central, Northeastern, and much of Southwestern Ontario Tuesday evening.

Freezing rain and ice pellets begin after 9pm across the Windsor – Sarnia corridor. Changing to rain, with little impact. Freezing rain spreads north of Lake Erie through the overnight. 3-6 hours of freezing rain is expected before changing over to rain. 

Snowfall continues across much of Central, Southwestern, and Eastern Ontario overnight into Wednesday morning. A lull in snow develops across the 400 corridor near 7am. Lowering snowfall totals across Southern Simcoe county; risk of freezing drizzle.

South of the 401/402 changes over to all rain during the early morning. Freezing rain continues along the escarpment (West of Lake Ontario). A changeover to rain continues North & East throughout the afternoon, proceeded by brief freezing rain.

Snow continues North of Lake Simcoe and North of Ottawa through the afternoon. A extended period (5-8 hours) of freezing rain develops Wednesday afternoon in Montreal, after a period of snow. Conditions will be hazardous in the City.

Projected precipitation totals across Southern Ontario Tuesday night through Wednesday.

TOTALS

A primarily snow event stretching from Bruce and Huron county’s through Georgian Bay. Also, putting parts of Eastern and Northeastern Ontario in a swath of 15-25cm. Little accumulation north of Lake Erie, but watch for icing with the potential of 5-8mm of accretion before the changeover to rain. 2-4cm of snow across the GTA, with brief freezing rain. A larger swath of 5-10cm of snow is expected across the light blue shaded area on our forecast map.

Ontario

Fall Windstorm Targets Great Lakes Tuesday

A classic fall windstorm will track through the Great Lakes Tuesday, bringing strong winds, snow, and rain across Ontario.

A compact area of low-pressure is forecast to deepen overnight Monday, as it tracks through Michigan. Bringing strong wind & rain across Southern Ontario. Concurrently, bringing snow to Northwestern Ontario.

SOUTHERN ONTARIO: STRONG WINDS & RAIN SHOWERS

By Tuesday morning, rain showers will become more numerous as a large area of precipitation moves north from the United States. 5-15mm of rainfall in the morning, preceded by sunny breaks across South Central & Southwestern Ontario by the early/mid afternoon. Temperatures will likely spike into the low teens by the afternoon.

Winds will become stronger throughout the late morning. Becoming the strongest through the afternoon and evening. Widespread wind gusts between 60-80km/h is expected through the afternoon/evening Tuesday. The strongest winds, potentially exceeding 90km/h, are possible in the Niagara Region, Prince Edward, Bruce & Grey Counties.

Projected wind gusts Tuesday 4pm EST. Wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot=1.85km/h.

The strong winds will likely strip many of the remaining leaves from trees. Remember to clean fallen leaves from storm drains.

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO

While the South contends with wind & rain, Northwestern Ontario will see snowfall. The heaviest snowfall is expected across far-Northwestern Ontario. Another area of snowfall is expected northwest of Thunder Bay. General amounts between 5-10cms is expected Tuesday.

Much colder air with light-snow, is expected for Thunder Bay through Wednesday & Thursday.

Snowfall projections for Northwestern Ontario through Tuesday.

COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON IS ON THE HORIZON

The warm up will be short-lived. The coldest air of the season, accompanied by lake effect snow arrives this weekend. Daily low temperatures will become consistently negative beyond Friday, November 9th across Southern Ontario. With daytime highs around the freezing mark for several days. Lake effect snow will really begin to ramp up beginning late week. 

New Brunswick

Mixed Precipitation for Eastern Canada & First Appreciable Snowfall…

A system developing in the Southeastern United States will track up the Eastern Seaboard this weekend, becoming a weather story across Eastern Canada.

SYNOPSIS:

A developing coastal system will bring a wintery mix across Southern Ontario, Quebec, and Northern New Brunswick. 

A boundary will form in Southern Ontario between a cold & dry high-pressure system, and moist air arriving from the Southeast. Colder air will overspread Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec Saturday, owing to a cold Northeasterly wind. Concurrently, a large area of precipitation will push north into Southern Quebec and Southern Ontario.

Snow, mixing, rain and freezing rain is expected from Saturday morning to Sunday evening. Flurries will continue through Monday.

Across, Nova Scotia, PEI and much of New Brunswick will see primarily rain. Although, Northern New Brunswick could remain as a mix or snow depending on the track of the developing system.

WPC forecasted fronts & precipitation types. Valid Friday evening.

SOUTHERN ONTARIO:

Many residents East of Highway 6 and across the GTA have started the day with moderate wet snow.

A cold northeasterly wind will reinforce colder air by Saturday evening. Mixing or rain-showers will transition into a wintery mix of wet snow & ice pellets east of Highway 6, along/north of highway 407/7. Continuing through much of Central and Eastern Ontario (away from the lake shore). A few wet centimetres is possible. Especially for municipalities at higher elevation South and East of Georgian Bay. Please plan accordingly, as conditions will deteriorate through the day Saturday.

MARITIMES: Strong Winds & Heavy Rainfall

This system will be a rain and wind story across much of the Maritimes. The strongest winds, with gusts between 80-90km/h, will be located across the Bay of Fundy. Elsewhere winds across much of Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick are expected to be gusting between 50-70km/h Sunday morning. Total rainfall amounts between 20-50mm is expected by Sunday afternoon. The heaviest rain falling in Southern New Brunswick and coastal Nova Scotia. Across Northern New Brunswick, a period of snow and mixing may persist into the overnight. 

Forecast precipitation type & accumulation.

QUEBEC:

Flurries will begin north of the St. Lawrence Saturday evening. Montreal, and the Eastern Townships will likely changeover to rain late Saturday evening/overnight, with the arrival of warmer air. 

For regions north of the St. Lawrence, this will be a snow and ice story. Stay tuned to further forecasts Saturday night through Sunday morning, this region could see a 5-8 hour window for freezing rain.

Model depiction showing precipitation types late-evening Saturday, continuing overnight.


Ontario

Reinforcing Cold Shot & Wet Snow Risk for Southern…

A frosty Saturday night ahead across much of Southern Ontario. Pleasant conditions Sunday, give way to a pair of clipper systems to start the work week. 

It will be a cool and frosty Sunday morning across Southern Ontario. Sunny conditions, and light southwesterly winds, will allow temperatures to rebound in the afternoon.  The first of two clipper systems brings rain showers (beginning) Monday morning. Dreary and cool conditions continue through the afternoon. 

Frost advisory issued by Environment Canada Saturday night.

First Shot of Lake Effect Snow?

A clipper system will track through the Great Lakes late Tuesday through Wednesday. The passage of the low will be followed by a reinforcing shot of cold and dry air. Lake effect rainfall may bring graupel or hail to some locales in Central Ontario (Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning). Owing to, instability, and seasonably cold air building aloft.

Lake effect rainfall bands will transition to wet snowfall Wednesday night, Southeast of Lake Huron, and Georgian Bay.

A few wet centimetres may accumulate through Wednesday night. Especially across higher elevations. 

Seasonably cool air 1.5km above the surface, will support lake effect snow. Abundant dry air, warm ground temperatures, and a building area of high pressure, should mitigate any risk of significant accumulation. We will monitor the risk over the coming days. 

Ontario

Winter Reminder: Lake Effect Rain Showers across The Great…

Colder air is beginning it’s decent across Southern & Central Ontario. Gusty winds this evening gives-way to Lake Effect rainfall Thursday night through Friday. First ‘bout of the season serves as a reminder that winter is coming.     

Inland sections surrounding Agawa Bay to Montreal River Harbour will see Lake Effect rainfall beginning this evening. A transition to mixing or large flakes of wet snow is anticipated during the early morning hours Friday.     Location: East of Lake Superior.

Accumulating snow will develop in Lake Effect bands near Wawa Friday night through Saturday.

Lake Effect model simulation for early Friday morning. Animation curtesy of Weather Bell Analytics

Southern Ontario

Lake effect rainbands will setup tonight southwest of Georgian Bay and East of Lake huron. Owen Sound to Barrie to Orillia will be in for a chilly wet reminder that winter is coming. With rainfall bands meandering through the area.

Fairweather waterspouts are possible late Friday over Lakes Erie and Ontario, given the cold air aloft.