The Real Canadian Winter February 07, 2013
The Real Canadian Winter is back now with a vengeance! Toronto’s winter storm watch was upgraded by Environment Canada to a snowfall warning early today Thursday with up to 25 cm expected to fall by end of day on Friday. The heaviest snowfall is expected during the Friday morning rush hour. Tonight the travelling conditions will probably deteriorate and then become hazardous in terms of blowing snow. Most of southern and eastern Ontario fall under the warning. Skiers are rejoicing that there will be lots of snow in resort ski areas, but the commuters are in for a rude awakening that old man winter is still here and will start another commuter’s chaos on highways and roads. Most of Southern Ontario are bracing for another wintry blast with significant snowfall set to hit the region today. As the strong system passes just south of the Great Lakes, the brisk northeasterly winds will bring local blowing snow in many areas. Many parts of southern and eastern Ontario may receive 15 cm to 25 cm of snow from this storm before it ends on Friday night.
This storm is a result of an Alberta clipper* merging with moisture from a Texas low according to the meteorologists. We could see gusts of about 60 kph winds especially areas along the shores of Lake Ontario. Blowing and drifting snow may be a big problem. Motorists are being warned to expect reduced visibility brought about by strong winds. There is also a risk of freezing rain over the Windsor region today in the evening. This winterstorm could turn into a blizzard and this is Canada where real winter can still come back after a short-lived mild one that we really enjoyed. Back to reality even if spring is just around the corner. Last year we had an early spring as predicted by the groundhog and we even had our first heat wave by the end March. On April Fools Day it was summerlike and the temperature soared almost to the point breaking record temperatures but everyone was glad of the ‘Indian Summer’. And Summer of 2012 was over extended to the fall season. We had a short autumn and winter was so mild and warm until today, when we will get a taste of the real Canadian winter again. Welcome back winter to our first major snowstorm for 2013. Time to go skiing again, fun on the downhill slopes and in the cross-country trails, let’s go skiing! Have fun all skiers! by: Oly 07Feb2013
*(An Alberta clipper is classified as a fast-moving winter storm that originates east of the Rockies and sweeps south and eastward across southern Canada and the Upper Midwest States. It is usually weaker than most winter storms and because it moves so quickly doesn’t tend to drop much snow. Alberta clippers are often followed by a surge of Arctic air that can produce blowing snow and blizzard-like conditions. Courtesy of TWN-The Weather Network)