Currently in Toronto — January 13th, 2023

Cloudy with snow, windy and cold

The weather, currently.

Snow will close out the week tomorrow. A major storm will ramp up tonight, with periods of rain throughout, changing over to snow early tomorrow. Expect light snow with a wake-up temperature of -8°C on Friday morning. It will continue into the afternoon with some flurries as well. 5-10 cm is expected. The kids will have some fun at recess with the fresh powder, but be sure to bundle them up, as temperatures drop throughout the day. As they head home from school, the temperature will be -4°C, feeling like -11°C. It will be windy as well, with a north gust of 30-50km/h. There are winter storm and snowfall warnings well north of the city from Bancroft to Ottawa winter. Travel will be impacted. 15-25 cm of snowfall is expected.

Blowing and drifting snow will be a concern in the GTA during the evening.

Friday night: cloudy periods with flurries and very cold temperatures. The low is -12°C, feeling like -20°C with the windchill. Skies will clear by morning, setting up a sunny start to the weekend.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

All the parts of the Great Valley of California are no longer facing Extreme Drought — the second-highest level of drought —  like they were just two weeks ago, before the heavy rainfall.

Extreme drought in the state fell from 27.1 percent last week to 0.32 percent, according to the data released by the U.S. Drought Monitor Thursday. Severe drought, the third-highest level, fell from 71 percent to 46 percent.

A portion of California remains in a state of Severe Drought.

The state averaged 8.61 inches of precipitation since Dec. 26, while the San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area averaged 13.34 inches. In fact, from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, California saw the 3rd wettest one-day period since 2005, by grid total precipitation, according to the National Weather Service’s Prediction Center.

The extreme influx of this rain was contained to west of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, therefore doing little to refill the water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the two largest reservoirs in the nation.

It’s important to note that while this latest rain did indeed improve drought conditions these last 16 days, it did not get rid of it completely.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.