Keep the shovels on standby in Ontario, next snow already on the doorstep

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Keep the shovels on standby in Ontario, next snow already on the doorstep
Keep the shovels on standby in Ontario, next snow already on the doorstep

A far-reaching storm that has had major impact across the U.S. and much of eastern Canada, leaves Ontario digging out of 15-20+ cm of snow on Tuesday. The province woke up to a nasty mix of heavy snow and powerful winds, which led to widespread school bus cancellations and closures amid the treacherous travel conditions.

Police officials warned drivers to take it slow and adjust to the changing conditions. According to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, officers responded to 100 crashes within just 24 hours across GTA by early Tuesday morning.

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While the worst of the snow is now behind us, heavier flurries are likely to persist for the Niagara region through the day Tuesday, with a gusty north wind keeping temperatures well below seasonal and frigid province-wide.

The city of Toronto issued an extreme cold weather alert early in the day, as the wind chill made temperatures feel closer to the -20s.

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As cleanup efforts continue from Tuesday's potent winter wallop, forecasters are already shifting focus to another late-week storm that threatens even more snow.

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Wednesday will be the brief break in the storms, featuring abundant sunshine, though with temperatures remaining well below seasonal. That's before another bout of widespread snow develops Thursday afternoon. Lake-effect snow flurries are also possible at the west end of Lake Ontario earlier in the day on Thursday.

"We're watching our next chance for accumulating snowfall late Thursday into Friday, as an active storm track lingers south of the border," says Weather Network meteorologist Michael Carter. "There's still uncertainty with the exact details and amounts, but for now it looks like an additional 5-10 cm will be possible across southern Ontario."

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With sub-freezing temperatures expected to persist through the week, these fresh totals will come on top of accumulations from this Monday-Tuesday storm, further compounding the wintry impacts across the region.

The cold pattern will relax for the final week of February, with temperatures trending to near or slightly above seasonal for next week, but still cold enough that some snow or mixed precipitation could fall throughout the week.

Be sure to check back for updates on the active winter weather making a comeback across Ontario