Avoid travel if possible.
Environment Canada issues new weather alert for parts of Cnada warning about “significant snowfall” up to 50 cm .
It’s only a few weeks until spring, but winter is still at full peak. Parts of Canada expected to get hit by up to 50 cm of “significant snowfall. ” Seriously, can this winter weather just cut us a break already?
People have been advised to stay indoors, especially younger children, older adults, individuals with chronic illnesses and outdoor workers due to high risks of hypothermia and freezing.
Both Quebec and Ontario will experience unusal freezing temperatures and lot of snowstorm this week , with Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba reaching temperatures far below normal.
According to Environment Canada, many regions of Toronto will get around 15 centimetres of snow by tomorrow evening; however, some areas are forecasted to get even up to 20 cm. The snowfall is expected to be heavy and significantly impact the roads in the city and delay commutes for residents.
Snowfall of 40 cm or higher is possible in what is being called a “large winter storm” with strong winds, major rainfall “in excess of 50 mm” and the potential for freezing rain, said Environment Canada.
Newfoundland and Labrador are under an extreme coldweather alert with wind chills reaching a possible -55 C, but the province may be spared the worst of the storm.
Environment Canada has issued special weather statements detailing the “intense winter storm” for southern Quebec, which could see “very strong and frigid northerly winds” and blowing snow” that reduces visibility and making roads slippery.
“This storm should invade the province of Quebec,” the department said. “The most affected areas should be those located near the American Border and Atlantic Canada.”
Northern Quebec will likely escape the storm but parts of the region will see wind chill values near -40 C on this week.
Environment Canada warned that parts of the province could see 40 centimetres of snow fall by Friday morning, with slightly more in the areas immediately surrounding the Great Lakes.
It says parts of northern Ontario can expect windchill values as low as -35.
“This bitterly cold Arctic airmass will remain in place through the weekend and possibly into next week,” said Environment Canada.
Extreme cold with wind chill values between -40 and -45 C are expected to blanket the western provinces, and wind warnings are in effect for parts of B.C.
“In B.C., the forecast is a lot milder thanks to Pacific air moving in,” said McEwan, though it will still be wet and windy over the next few days.
The northern Dempster Highway region of the Yukon will see blizzard conditions Thursday with “visibility near zero,” according to Environment Canada. “Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility.”
A few areas of Nunavut will hit with wind chills near -40 C today and Friday. “Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill,” says Environment Canada.
The snow will be accumulating rapidly and because of the high winds, visibility will be very low which means travel around Canada will not be so easy.