Spring forward doesn’t always mean spring is here.
Environment Canada is warning of a possible “major snowstorm” that could hit the province early this week, with reports of a system that will develop over the great lakes.
The statement reaches as far south as Windsor, as far east as Kingston, and as far north as Collingwood.
Here’s the statement from Environment Canada for our region:
11:12 AM EDT Sunday 12 March 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:
- Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale
- Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake
- Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago
Major winter storm threatens Southern Ontario early this week.
As if to remind us that spring has not officially begun yet, Mother Nature is gearing up for a significant winter storm. A developing low pressure centre currently over the Northwestern United States will track just south of the Great Lakes on Monday and Monday night.
Snow is forecast to begin over Southwestern Ontario during the day Monday then spread over much of the remainder of Southern Ontario Monday night through Tuesday. Cold Arctic air already in place over the Great Lakes will ensure it will be a dry fluffier snow, resulting in localized blowing snow as winds strengthen during the storm.
Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 centimetres are likely with enhanced amounts closer to 30 centimetres possible in the Hamilton to Niagara corridor, due to added moisture from Lake Ontario. Snowfall amounts will likely be appreciably less over north of the Greater Toronto Area towards Georgian Bay and into parts of Southwestern and Eastern Ontario. The snow should taper off Tuesday night in most areas.
This snowstorm has the potential to significantly affect travel due to accumulating snow and blowing snow resulting in hazardous winter driving conditions.
Winter storm watches and warnings will likely be issued in due course, as the storm track and amounts become more certain.