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As bitter cold moves out of the GTA, snow and freezing rain move in

Last Updated Jan 22, 2019 at 7:03 am EST

File photo of a car windshield covered in wet snow. CITYNEWS

Residents in the GTA will have to endure one more day in the deep freeze but a mixed bag of weather is on the horizon.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the GTA, including Toronto, calling for snow and freezing rain followed by a brief thaw along with rain and strong winds.

“A Colorado low will track northeast across Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Wednesday, bringing a dramatic change in weather with it,” the national weather agency said.

The snow is expected to move into the area on Tuesday night, with 2-5 centimetres in store. The snow will then change to freezing rain, which could last several hours before changing over to rain on Wednesday as the temperatures rises.

“A brief thaw will arrive with temperatures soaring several degrees above freezing,” the special weather statement said.

As the temperature rises, so will the winds, which could gust to 70-80 km/h later in the day.

On Tuesday morning, parts of the GTA remained under an extreme cold warning with the windchill in the double digits. Environment Canada said the extreme cold would ease up as the temperature slowly rises.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said the GTA will see sun and cloud on Tuesday with a slight chance of flurries, and a high near -5 C.

She said although the windchill would be near -19 early in the morning, it will become less intense by the afternoon.

“We will exchange the cold for some snow overnight that will change to rain Wednesday with milder air,” Taylor said in a tweet.

CityNews weather specialist Frank Ferragine said snow in GTA will arrive after 10 p.m. The temperature will rise to -1 C by Wednesday morning and continue its ascent to near 6 C.

But this warmer spell will only be short-lived. Taylor said it will start getting colder again on Friday and into the weekend.