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Rain heading to Toronto, GTA under special weather statement

CityNews | posted Friday, Jan 10th, 2014

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Warmer temperatures and rain could be heading to Toronto and the rest of the GTA on Friday, Environment Canada warned.

The federal agency has issued a special weather statement for the region, warning that widespread fog patches and areas of freezing drizzle are likely on Friday morning.

680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said Toronto will see a cloudy Friday with some flurries ending by the afternoon, followed by flurries or showers in the evening.

“A centimetre or two of snow this morning, mainly for the west end. We get a break for the afternoon, generally just a cloudy sky, and then showers and flurries mixing in through the evening hours, so your drive home could be slippery as well,” Taylor said.

The GTA received more snow overnight, which made for slick driving conditions during the Friday morning commute. The 680News traffic department reports vehicles spun out on several routes.

There’s a high of 2C in the forecast, Taylor said, and the temperature is expected to rise overnight.

The same deepening low pressure system will bring widespread fog patches and areas of freezing drizzle across the GTA. It should clear later in the day, Environment Canada said.

Late Friday evening, the rain will move into southwestern Ontario and eastward. About 10-20 millimetres of rain are expected, and for most areas, it will end by Saturday afternoon.

Ponding and flooding are a concern with the incoming rain and melting snow and ice. Peter Noehammer with Toronto Transporation told CityNews on Thursday they have crews out with bobcats and front-end loaders trying to open clogged catch basins.

With files from Erin Criger and Jaime Pulfer

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