The weather, currently.
Another major storm system is set to push into the lower great lakes creating some tricky driving conditions in some areas. Wednesday early morning will be dry with a wakeup windchill near -8°C. The clouds will continue to thicken up with some flurries developing by the mid morning rush hour. This will then transition to ice-pellets and some freezing rain through the lunch hour as the warm front of this Colorado low drapes eastward. It will be windy with easterly gusts of 30-50km/h and a high of 3°C. The drive home should be fairly dry, the core of the moisture will move in for the overnight.
Wednesday night: Cloudy with periods of rain developing and a low of 6°C. Our temperatures will continue to rise through Thursday with highs in the upper teens and periods of rain.
SIDE NOTE: Parts of Cottage country could see extensive periods of freezing rain, warnings are likely.
What you need to know, currently.
Over the weekend a western heatwave brought record-breaking warmth to many states and cities. The heat, and strong winds also fueled a fire in Colorado, which forced around 19,000 people to evacuate. As of Tuesday morning, the fire is 80 percent contained and almost all evacuation orders are lifted.
It seems however that our early fire season (or more like, year long fire season) isn’t done with the Unites States just yet. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the South is under threat of wildfire weather. Parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas now experiencing extreme fire-weather risks, including very strong winds combined with dry air and brush.
The ongoing drought in the West, the High Planes, and South— so most of the continental United States— is likely going to make 2022 another dangerous one for wildfires. Scientists say that almost half of the droughts severity can be attributed to climate change. — Abbie Veitch