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After rain record, snow across GTA and power outages in Ontario

Last Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 11:12 am EST

Toronto set a rain record on Thursday and on Friday, the GTA was blanketed with snow.

On April 6, 27.8 millimetres of rain fell at Pearson International Airport. The rainfall broke a record for that date that has stood for more than 70 years. On April 6, 1942, 17.5 millimetres of rain fell at the airport.

But as the temperature fell overnight, it made for a sloppy morning commute on Friday, with snow north of Highway 7 and elsewhere. Two or three centimetres of snow are possible, especially north of the GTA, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said.

On Friday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Toronto and other parts of southern Ontario, warning of a brief return to winter driving conditions.

The statement was lifted for Toronto and the GTA later in the morning.

The weather will clear in the afternoon, CityNews weather specialist Frank Ferragine said, setting up for a nice weekend of sunshine and double-digit highs.

Hydro One is dealing with weather-related power outages across much of Ontario Friday morning.

The utility says high winds and heavy snow have caused 322 outages affecting more than 30,400 customers.

The Hydro One outage map is dotted with outages, primarily in communities south of Algonquin Park. There are also scattered blackouts stretching from Windsor to Sault Ste. Marie to Pembroke in the east.

Several school districts have cancelled school buses because of the conditions.