80 km/h winds and sudden icy conditions warning in southern Ontario

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Published February 28, 2024 at 5:42 pm

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Blistering winds and a sudden ice forecast have led Environment Canada to issue a special weather alert for the GTA.

According to weather sensors at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, a sharp cold front with strong winds and a sudden temperature drop was expected today (Feb. 28).

Winds are set to reach speeds between 70 and 80 km/h and sudden ice buildup is expected to slick roads and sidewalks.

“A strong cold front is expected to track through southern Ontario this afternoon causing temperatures to drop dramatically along with the development of strong northwesterly winds gusting to 70 or 80 km/h for much of the afternoon and evening,” Environment Canada wrote.

“The sudden temperature drop may lead to icy surfaces as temperatures fall below the freezing mark through the day. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions,” they continued.

Winds are expected to ease tonight, but they’ve already caused some chaos. The winds forced Pearson Airport to delay numerous flights.

Temperatures peaked at 13 degrees earlier today but are expected to fall to -7 by tomorrow morning. It will remain cold throughout Thursday but temperatures will rise to 8 degrees on Friday. This will lead into a warm, if rainy, weekend.

 

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