Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 20:58 – A major winter storm will reach parts of Ontario and Quebec early next week. Significant snowfall is possible, but it is still too early to say exactly where.
A significant winter storm will track down the east coast this weekend, affecting a wide stretch of real estate from the southeastern United States just through eastern Canada. There is still some uncertainty surrounding this storm. While it’s too early to pinpoint many details, we know parts of Ontario and Quebec may see a disturbing snowfall this weekend. Now prepare for potential travel disruptions so you are ready for whatever comes your way. More on what we know below.
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SATURDAY TO SUNDAY: THE STORM IS FORMED IN THE STATES
The storm that will affect eastern Canada is rooted in what is happening across the United States this week. Two systems – one tipping in from the northwestern Pacific and another rolling out of the prairies – will merge over the southern states and launch this disruptive system.
You may have noticed a huge increase in talk about this storm on social media. It is mainly run by weather enthusiasts from the state, who are anxiously awaiting their first marked thump of snow and ice this season.
This winter storm will track from the Mid-South right through New England and affect many major cities, including places like Atlanta, Charlotte and Washington, DC. Any winter weather in the southeastern United States is a big deal due to a combination of lack of winter driving experience and a shortage of equipment such as snow plows, salt / sand cars and winter tires.
The system could produce widespread snowfall from Georgia to Maine, with significant ice formation from freezing rain following the storm’s tracks into the northeastern states. Gusts of wind will make things worse and potentially provoke widespread power outages in some areas.
MONDAY: THE STORM BEGINS TO APPLY ONTARIO AND QUEBEC
We will have to keep a close eye on the system when it reaches the northeastern United States
After an up-and-down week with temperatures, cold air will be solidly anchored over the eastern half of Canada this weekend. Night temperatures can dive near or below -20 ° C over the Greater Toronto area on Friday night, with even colder conditions against the nickel belt and into inner Quebec.
As the system pushes into the northeastern states this weekend, moisture will spread across the international border into the cold air parked over Ontario and Quebec, leading to a period of snow throughout the day Monday through early Tuesday.
This is a complex forecast with lower than normal confidence in the system traces. However, it appears that a shard of 15-25 cm of snow is possible somewhere in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec through Tuesday. The event is too far in the future to provide detailed snowfall totals for individual communities.
The exact trace of this system will determine where the greatest amount of snow falls and even where the accumulating snow falls at all. A track slightly to the west would put GTA in play to collect snow, while a track slightly to the east would leave GTA on the western edge of the snowfall.
Be sure to return often on the way into this weekend as forecasters get a clearer picture of what this storm will look like as it approaches Ontario and Quebec.
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