The freezing rain that was prevalent across parts of Ontario will end by Friday morning, and all warnings will be dropped, making way for clearing skies and warming temperatures in the south in the afternoon. Some areas could see daytime highs reach the double digits. The dry conditions will continue Saturday, with a slight dip in temperatures, but a Texas low has its eyes set on the province for Sunday and Monday. For details on how warm it will get Friday, as well as a look at timing of the Texas low, read below.
- Temperatures climb Friday as clearing moves in behind warm front
- Dry conditions continue Saturday before Texas low moves in Sunday
- Mild weather expected to dominate the final days of December
- Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area
FRIDAY: TEMPERATURES HIT THE DOUBLE DIGITS, WINDS WILL PICK UP
On Thursday, Windsor hit 13.9°C -- breaking its previous record of 13.3°C, which was set in 1940. While no records are expected to be set Friday, the mild temperatures will continue to climb during the day Friday, peaking in the afternoon. Daytime highs are forecasted to hit the double digits in many areas in the south and southwest.
The spike in temperatures will be due to a west-southwesterly wind, with gusts possibly reaching 30-50 km/h in parts of southern and central areas.
Temperatures will take a bit of a dive Saturday, remaining in the single digits, but are still above seasonal for this time of the year. The next chance of rain will come courtesy of a Texas low on Sunday.
TIMING OF THE TEXAS LOW AND NEXT SHOT OF RAIN, FREEZING RAIN
While we're still a few days out before the Texas low, and specific details haven't been nailed down, yet, the system is expected to move in Sunday morning, bringing with it a generous amount of rain for southern Ontario and the risk for more freezing rain in eastern and central areas.
It is possible there could be ice accretion, but it's too early to tell how much could build up. The system is expected to continue to impact the province through the day Monday.
Precipitation is expected to fall as rain in the south, with possible amounts of 20 mm through Monday. The heaviest amounts are forecasted to drop Sunday night into Monday morning, but timing and rainfall amounts could change as we get closer to Sunday.
Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast updates.
THE WEEKEND AND BEYOND -- MILD WEATHER ENDS 2019
Mild weather is expected to dominate the final days of December, but with still a day or two near seasonal if colder air drains back in from Quebec. Temperatures could be cool enough for some mixed precipitation once again before New Year's Day, though rain looks to be the dominant precipitation type.
Come January, more wintry conditions will gradually begin to seep into the region -- especially in comparison to late December -- but it may take a while before locking into a consistently cold pattern.
"Arctic air will build across northwestern Canada, and eventually we expect that will be unleashed across central Canada, but in the meantime mild weather will spread back into the region at times," said Weather Network meterologist Dr. Doug Gillham.