April Fools' Day cooldown looms in Ontario after rain, blustery winds

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April Fools' Day cooldown looms in Ontario after rain, blustery winds
April Fools' Day cooldown looms in Ontario after rain, blustery winds

The weekend will end on a soggy, windy, even snowy note depending on where you are, in Ontario. While there could be some snow edging its way into areas near Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Sunday evening, the heaviest will remain in northern sections. Meanwhile, another round of rain is passing through the south, accompanied by blustery winds in the afternoon, possibly hitting the 50-70+ km/h range at their peak. Beyond the weekend, as we near the start of April, Mother Nature has quite a cool (or cruel) plan for April Fools' Day. More on the timing and impact of the next system, and what lies ahead for the beginning of April, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Rainy, snowy Sunday in Ontario, precipitation type depends on location

  • Winds will be blustery, ramping up Sunday afternoon with 50-70 km/h gusts

  • Cool start to April is no April Fools' Day prank

SUNDAY: RAIN, GUSTY WINDS FOR SOUTH, SNOW IN THE NORTH

An unsettled Sunday is in store for Ontario, whether it's in the north or southern regions. Only difference is the impacts from the low-pressure system, with snow for the former, and rain and gusty winds in the latter during the day.

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In between the two regions, a rain-snow line has set up across northeastern sections of the province. Snow from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie - extending northeast into Timmins -- is occurring. Snow has picked up in intensity and will continue through the evening hours before winding down overnight.

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onsnow (1)

In the south, meanwhile, showers have spread across southern Ontario and will continue through the afternoon before moving out in the evening. During this time, heavier rain will reach the Ottawa area.

Total rainfall amounts won't be heavy for the south, with 5-10 mm anticipated, but eastern sections may see 10-30 mm. Areas north of Parry Sound may also see 20-30 mm.

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onrain (3)

As well, there is the potential for areas along Lake Huron and Georgian Bay to see a switch to a rain/snow mix or even light snow late Sunday afternoon on the back side of the system. There's even a chance of a stray flurry reaching the GTA. Very minor accumulations are expected, with possibly 5 cm for areas near Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. The snow will taper off in the pre-dawn hours Monday.

Meanwhile, the system will generate strong west-northwesterly winds in the afternoon Sunday, with gusts of 50-70+ km/h across the south, likely peaking in the overnight hours before subsiding for Monday morning.

ONWIND
ONWIND

LOOK AHEAD: COOL OR CRUEL APRIL FOOLS' DAY?

Conditions will remain cool to start next week, but then a couple days of milder weather is expected Tuesday and Wednesday. This will be ahead of a strong cold front that will cross the region Wednesday night with a period of rain and gusty winds.

A significant shot of colder weather for Thursday, April 1 and Friday with flurries and lake-effect snow showers -- with temperatures more typical of late February. It may sound like an April Fools' Day joke, but it is not.

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toronto

"A warming trend (is expected) for next weekend – potential for temperatures to get above seasonal, possibly well above seasonal, as we get deeper into the first week of April," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest forecast updates across Ontario.