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Risk of freezing rain, icy conditions for Friday

CityNews | posted Friday, Jan 12th, 2018

The warmest January 11 in Toronto is about to give way to a risk of freezing rain and a cold snap in time for the weekend.

The mercury reached a record 12.4 at Pearson airport on Thursday, which snapped the previous high of 11.7 set back in 1975.

However, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of the potential for icy conditions on Friday.

“Rain is forecast to change to snow Friday as temperatures plummet with the passage of a cold front,” said the weather agency.

“There may also be a brief period of freezing rain during the changeover from rain to snow.”

According to CityNews meteorologist Adam Stiles, we will see a 23 degree swing in temperatures from morning to Friday evening, starting the day off at 8C and ending the day around -8C. However, Toronto will likely be spared any significant snowfall.

“Looks like the system will stay to our south,” said Stiles. “Freezing rain tomorrow with a trace to 2 cm of snow by the evening drive. Then another few cm overnight. Not looking major at this point.”

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