The calendar may say spring is near but Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning that a messy mix of rain, wet snow and freezing rain will arrive in southern Ontario on Monday afternoon or evening.
CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland said the weather could make for a tricky drive for the latter half of Monday’s homebound commute.
“Spring officially gets underway on Wednesday morning but Mother Nature didn’t get the memo, as we are looking at some late-season snow,” Scotland reported on CBC radio on Monday.
“Gusty easterly winds will be the story today in Toronto. As we edge into the evening hours, wet snow can be expected. We are looking at a messy mix of precipitation, and there is the risk of freezing rain.”
Scotland said accumulation amounts of less than five centimetres can be expected for most areas of the GTA, with slightly more snow possible in areas west and north of the city and at higher elevations.
The main concern will be for drivers.
The Environment Canada statement reads:
"Hazardous winter driving conditions are expected as untreated roads may become slippery and snow covered and visibility in areas of heavier snow may be quite low."
Scotland said the snow will also be a challenge to clear.
“While snowfall amounts will not be that high, we are looking at this as being a heavy, wet snow, which will not be fun to get out and shovel," he said.