It looks like the month of March will come in like a lion. Environment Canada updated their Special Weather Statement and issued a Winter Storm Watch for Ottawa-Gatineau, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec on Monday afternoon. This system will impact the region on Tuesday afternoon, just in time for the afternoon drive home.
The statement reads…
A snow storm is expected for Southern Ontario Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
A low pressure system developing over Texas today will head towards the Lower Great Lakes and is expected to spread an area of snow into Southern Ontario late in the day Tuesday, Tuesday night and into Wednesday. This low will tap into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and has the potential to intensify into a significant winter storm.
This type of Winter storm often has a swath of 15 to 30 cm of heavy snow associated with it. The heaviest snow bands across the regions from Peterborough and eastward will occur Tuesday evening and continue through Wednesday morning. Freezing rain and ice pellets may also be a problem as the storm centre gets close to Lake Ontario. Exact snowfall amounts and the possibility of ice pellets and freezing rain will depend upon the exact track of this developing storm.
Travellers should be prepared to alter plans accordingly as driving conditions are likely to deteriorate significantly Tuesday evening and continue to be hazardous right through Wednesday morning.
The development and track of this storm is being monitored closely. Please refer to updated statements and local forecasts for further details as the event approaches.
Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports to #ONStorm.
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