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WINTER STORM ON THE HORIZON | SOUTHERN ONTARIO



Hello Folks, normally you hear the phrase "are we going to have a white Christmas?" referring to one's wish to have snow on Christmas Eve. Well, no one in Ontario is asking that question this year. It is predicted that we should see both rain and snow throughout this upcoming superstorm. It has already begun hitting the states and is on track to hit us this evening in the Province of Ontario.


We are expected to receive between 20 to 30 millimeters of rain by noon on Friday. This rain is predicted to freeze and this will create hazardous road conditions and some potential utility outages. The expectation is that over the weekend the rain will turn to snow which is estimated to be between the amounts of 5cm to 15cm. The main issue when the snow starts is that winds are expected to reach speeds of up to 120km/hr creating blizzard-like conditions and whiteouts.


We also expect to see some hydro outages as well potentially.


Below you will find both the weather warning for rain and the winter storm watch issued by Environment Canada


Issued at 5:39 AM EST on Thursday 22 December 2022

Rainfall Warning in effect for:

  • Belleville

  • Quinte

  • Northumberland

  • Brockville

  • Leeds and Grenville

  • Kingston

  • Prince Edward County

  • Napanee

  • Stirling

  • Tweed

  • South Frontenac


Hazard:

Total rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm by noon on Friday.


Timing:

This evening to noon on Friday.


Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.


Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.


Issued at 6:59 AM EST on Thursday 22 December 2022

Winter storm watch in effect for:

  • ALL OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO

Hazards:

Damaging wind gusts of 100 to 120 km/h and blizzard-like conditions.

Snowfall amounts of 5 to 15 cm by early Saturday morning. Higher snowfall amounts are possible near Lake Ontario as a result of lake effect snow.

Flash freeze producing icy and slippery surfaces.


Timing:

Damaging winds developing Friday afternoon and continuing into Saturday.

Blizzard-like conditions developing Friday afternoon and continuing into Saturday.

Lake effect snow off Lake Ontario Friday evening into Saturday.

Flash freeze possible Friday afternoon.


Discussion:

Precipitation is expected to begin as rain or snow by early this evening before transitioning to rain for many areas overnight. Temperatures will plummet on Friday afternoon leading to a potential flash freeze. Rapidly falling temperatures will be accompanied by damaging winds along with snow, heavy at times. Blizzard-like conditions are likely to develop late Friday. Very cold wind chills are expected to develop on Friday and persist into the weekend.


Avoid travel if possible. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca.


Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm."


If you have to commute or drive this evening use extreme caution! DO NOT travel if it is not necessary. With both rainfall and snow expected accompanied by very high winds visibility will be greatly reduced if not, non-existent. The wind combined with snow has a very high probability of creating whiteouts across the province, especially in the cities that coincide with the lakes from the lake effect. Lastly, with the rain and below-zero temperatures, we are expecting a flash freeze, where a massive area of roadway and even cars/vehicle handles, doors, and windows may be completely frozen shut.


Be safe and remember no job, activity or snack is worth your life. If you can stay home this week/weekend as the snow/rain mix is supposed to last right through until Sunday in some areas.


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