Currently in Toronto — February 22nd, 2023

Ice storm moving in

The weather, currently.

An ice storm is moving in! Another Colorado low will push into the lower great lakes tomorrow, resulting in snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, and strong winds. The leading edge of the system will begin as light snow for the GTA Wednesday morning. The wake-up temperature is -2°C, feeling like -6°C. If you have errands to do, best to get it all done before 4 p.m. tomorrow. The drive home will be very slow and slick with periods of snow and ice pellets for the evening. Our afternoon temperature will hover between 0°C and -1°C, and the wind will be gusty at times 30-50km/h from the NE.

At the moment, it looks like nearly 5-10cm of snow, but ice pellets will add to that. If the system tracks a little further south or north by even just 100km, it changes the type of precipitation we will get. There's a very narrow line between it being an all snow event vs snow/ice pellets and a freezing rain event. Although winter storm watches have been issued for many parts of Southern Ontario, freezing rain warnings will likely be added, especially for South Western Ontario.

Wednesday night: The GTA will experience freezing rain, with a low of -4°C. There will be extensive layers of ice on roads, sidewalks and many other surfaces. For those of you who live in the Niagara area stretching towards London, over 20 hours of freezing rain is likely causing many power outages that could linger for a while. Charge your devices and be please prepared.

Stay safe.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Heavy snow and blizzards are likely in parts of the Northern Plains and upper Midwest from Tuesday through at least midday Thursday, as Winter Storm Olive makes its way across the region.

This could be the Twin Cities’ heaviest snowstorm in over 12 years. Snowfall totals will likely be more than one foot in most areas of eastern South Dakota, southern Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin.

Residents  should also expect blowing and drifting snow due to the cold air and strong winds, worsening road conditions. Travel will be almost impossible in some areas, and many roads might not be cleared until Friday.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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