Posted 31 January 2011 - 08:44 AM
Meteorologists are starting to gain a clearer picture of the major storm set to hit eastern Canada Wednesday.
There was some initial uncertainty about the track for the “Groundhog Day Storm,” but it now looks likely that every major city from Windsor to Kingston will see at least 15 cm of snow Wednesday, says Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
“It's almost a guarantee it'll be more than 15 cm - it's just a question of how much more,” he says.
Some areas could see up to 30 cm.
Toronto hasn't seen more than 20 cm of snow at once in nearly three years. Snowfall totals of more than 20 cm have been virtually unheard of in Toronto in recent years; the last time the city had a major snow event was on Feb. 6, 2008, when 30.4 cm fell.
The first wave of the storm will hit Tuesday, bringing just enough snow to make the workday commute a nuisance.
But that's just an appetizer compared to the monster main course that will arrive overnight on Tuesday.
Commuters could wake up to 10 cm of snow on Wednesday, with more expected to fall throughout the morning.
The system will taper off by Wednesday evening, but don't expect a smooth drive home, Davis cautions.
“If you made it to work, you're going to have a bit of a rough commute getting back,” he says.
A band of freezing rain associated with the storm could graze the southernmost tip of Ontario, but most of the freezing rain will affect the northeastern United States.
The storm will push into Atlantic Canada for Thursday, leaving cold temperatures in its wake.
However the numbers play out, Davis says the storm will be one to talk about.
“We're going to get quite the storm.”
For more details as this storm develops, be sure to check your local forecast.
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