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Special weather statement issued as heavy snow, cold temperatures to hit Toronto


This Monday morning might be one to break out the knee high snow boots—after Toronto’s extreme weather advisory ended Sunday, Environment Canada says the city will receive a new blanket of snow on Monday.

The weather agency has put out a snowfall warning, cautioning that heavy snowfall is expected to begin in the morning and continue into the night. In that time, Toronto could see between 15 and 20cm of snow. The snow is expected to be thicker closer to Lake Ontario, due to extra moisture from the water.

A woman jogs along the Martin Goodman Trail near Sunnyside doing her best to navigate the slippery surface and the blowing snow
A woman jogs along the Martin Goodman Trail near Sunnyside doing her best to navigate the slippery surface and the blowing snow  (Rick Madonik / Toronto Star)

As wind picks up throughout the day, gusting from 30 km/h to 50 km/h near noon, it will whip up the snow, blowing it onto walkways and roads. Environnment Canada warns that this may impact visibility on the commute home, and also on Tuesday morning.

Peel District School Board has cancelled all school buses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga for Monday, but schools remain open. Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board says all buses are cancelled except for buses to St. Andrew, St. Benedict and St. Peter in Orangeville.

With the wind chill, Monday morning is set to feel like -24 C. It will warm up steadily throughout the day, progressing to -10 C in the afternoon and then hovering around -3 C at night, Environment Canada says. But it could still feel like -14 C with the wind chill.

The dumping of snow comes from a winter weather system called the Alberta Clipper as it tracks over Southern Ontario on Monday, the agency said.

On Sunday, the city saw 10 cm of snowfall in total.

The greatest snowfall Toronto has seen on a Jan. 28 since 1938 was when 13.4cm fell upon the city in 2009 — a record we may see broken today.

The windy weather and blowing snow continues all throughout the week. A mix of sun and cloud is predicted for Tuesday, with a 30 per cent chance of flurries, which continues for the next few days until a 40 per cent chance on Friday. The wind chill Tuesday will make it feel like -12 C in the morning and -18 in the afternoon and overnight, according to Environment Canada.

Temperatures could dip on Wednesday to a high of -15 C and a low of -20 C, before rising slightly on Thursday to a high of -10 C and a low of -14 C. Friday continues the trend with a projected high of -8 C and a low of -10 C. Apart from Tuesday’s hint of sun, it’s shaping up to be a cloudy week in general.

The longer look ahead shows a glimpse of warmth on the horizon: Environment Canada is currently predicting a high of 2 C for Sunday, putting us above the freezing mark. But the weather is so changeable these days that it would be best not to be caught without gloves at any point this week.

With files from Stefanie Marotta, Emerald Bensadoun, and Claire Floody





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