Special weather alert issued for Toronto as vicious winds approach the city
We're now more than halfway through April, putting Toronto firmly into springtime territory on the calendar — though you'd never know it to look outside right now.
Temperatures are expected to begin climbing again this weekend after Monday's freak snow showers, but conditions are due to get worse before they get better if meteorologists are correct.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the City of Toronto, effective as of Tuesday morning just before 9 a.m., warning of "strong wind gusts this afternoon and evening."
"Northwesterly winds gusting 70 to 80 km/h are forecast to develop this afternoon. These strong winds will weaken by midnight," reads the alert.
"Gusty winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.
Local power outages will also be possible."
#onstorm 8:46a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT ISSUED by Environment Canada— Instant Weather Ontario (@IWeatherON) April 19, 2022
Strong wind gusts this afternoon & early evening.
Northwesterly winds gusting 70 to 80 km/h are forecast to develop early this afternoon. These strong winds will continue through...https://t.co/uaJHhjMxFb
Similar weather statements are in effect for much of Southern Ontario, parts of which are also under winter weather travel advisories due to "heavy snow."
Flurries are possible in Toronto this afternoon and evening, according to EnviroCan's forecast, but it's wind that poses the real threat.
"Though conditions will improve throughout the day on Tuesday, things will still be feeling far from spring-like. A blustery northwest wind will develop in behind the departing system," writes the Weather Network of Tuesday's forecast, noting that wind chills will keep temperatures feeling near or even below the zero mark.
"Bouts of flurries will also accompany the winds for some, and while these won't bring any significant accumulations, they will serve as a reminder of winter's unwillingness to depart for good just yet."
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