Are you ready? A very average snowfall is on the way for Toronto on Tuesday but in the terms of this winter, it is enough to make headlines.
Snowfall projections are in the range of 5-10 cm for the Greater Toronto Area, with a slight chance for a few pockets to eclipse that 10 cm mark in the west end of the GTA and be closer to 15 cm with a little help from the ice-free Lake Ontario.
It looks like the timing of the snowfall won’t have major impacts on the morning drive for those essential workers heading to their jobs, as most of the accumulating snow is expected to start closer to 10 a.m.
The snow is expected to continue into the late afternoon and evening, so the drive home will likely be much slower.
Another risk factor is the wind gusts near 60 km/h and the potential to reduce visibility quite significantly.
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning from Burlington-Oakville, Mississauga-Brampton, & Halton Hills region.
So far this January, the snow totals have been running about on-third of the monthly average, but if this snowfall delivers on the higher end of the projections, we could close that deficit to two thirds of the average.
For those snow clearing crews … here is what you need to know:
January 2021 snow snapshot:
January 2021 snowfall to date: 10.6 cm
January average snowfall: 29.5 cm
Days with snow >.2cm: 12 days is the average for January, we’ve had 9 days so far this year.
Days with snow > 5 cm: 1.7 days is the average for January, we’ve had no days so far this year.
Days with snow over >10 cm: 1 day every 2 years is the average. 0.5 days is the average for January, we’ve had no days so far this year.