There’s going to be ALOT of rain in Toronto today — and then there will be snow

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There’s going to be ALOT of rain in Toronto today — and then there will be snow


Environment Canada says a heavy bout of rain is in Toronto’s forecast making for a soggy Saturday in the city.

The agency issued a special weather statement predicting 15 to 25 millimetres of rain by Saturday evening. After that, the rain is expected to turn into snow.

Bring out those umbrellas Saturday because Environment Canada has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Toronto and surrounding areas.
Bring out those umbrellas Saturday because Environment Canada has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Toronto and surrounding areas.  (Steve Russell / Toronto Star file photo)

There’s a chance Toronto will be hit with more than 25 millimetres of rain.

“Localized ponding in low-lying areas and on roads is possible,” Environment Canada said in its statement.

The city could see 2 to 4 centimetres of snow following the rain.

“Travel may be difficult as untreated roads become snow covered and slippery,” the agency said.

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority also issued a water safety statement Friday afternoon, advising GTA residents to “exercise caution around all bodies of water.”

The agency said the amount of rain expected may result in high water levels and ponding in low-lying areas.

“The combination of slippery and unstable banks could create hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water bodies. All shorelines, rivers and streams within the GTA should be considered hazardous.”

The warning is in effect through Sunday or until another update is issued.

The daytime high for Saturday is expected to be 5 C, but by nighttime temperatures will drop to a low of -1 C, feeling like -7 C with wind chill overnight.

Sunday’s forecast calls for a 40 per cent chance of flurries and mild temperatures.

Claire Floody is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @claire_floody





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