GHOST-WHITE HALLOWEEN: Toronto could be in for a snowy terror
On October 22, the temperature will plummet below zero, covering Ontario in ghostly snow. Canadians have taken to Twitter to express their discontent.
Mummies from Missaguga to Milton will have to wrap up for trick or treating as the lake-effect will contribute to even more snow than usual.
Meteorologists say Toronto and Southern Ontario will soon see the coldest weather it’s seen so far this year. Temperatures will drop and there will be a good deal of snow to top it off.
An extreme cold weather alert was issued by Toronto’s Medical Officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa.
Environment Canada issues these alerts when the temperature is forecast to be -15 C or lower. They are also issued if wind chill is predicted to make the air feel colder than -20 C.
The temperatures will be felt throughout the GTA.
Environment Canada says that on Thursday night there will be a low of -12 C in Toronto and the wind chill will make it feel like -19 C, accompanied by flurries.
The cold temperatures will carry on into Friday. The Weather Network said it will be “the coldest air we’ve seen so far in 2020.”
It is estimated that Toronto will see the most snow it’s seen all season with 20 cm expected through Saturday and Sunday.
De Villa’s alert from Thursday morning says, “Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health.”
“Those most at risk of cold-related illness are people experiencing homelessness or those under-housed, those who work outdoors, people with a pre-existing heart condition or respiratory illness, elderly people, infants and young children.”
Toronto Public Health is asking people to stay dry, wear layers and try to stay indoors if possible.
It is also advised that people keep tabs on friends, neighbours and family who may be more vulnerable to the dropping temperatures.
An annual snowball fight held at the University of British Columbia has been postponed due to a bombardment of snow, according to CTV. Unfortunately, a snowstorm has forced the organizers to move the event to Thursday at 12:30 p.m., according to a recent Facebook post.
UBC’s Point Grey campus had classes cancelled as well as other post-secondary schools in the area as a result of the storm.
The snowball fight known at the “Serious Snowy Showdown” will take place at the Main Mall between the Sauder and chemistry buildings on Thursday.
“Whether you breezed through syllabus week, took an extended vacation or are already submitting papers—we think it’s time for a break between classes. What better way to celebrate an early snowfall than one of our favourite campus traditions!”
Organizers are expecting thousands to show up for the “ultimate battle,” and joked on their Facebook event that this will be the perfect opportunity to “rally against that person in lecture who states things in the form of questions, provide some payback for the friend that ‘forgot’ your secret Santa gift or stand up to the roommates that stole your leftovers from the fridge.”
Tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. all who want to partake are asked to line-up on either side of the Mall. The next 15 minutes are for making your ammunition, and the first snowballs fly at 12:30.
A massive snowstorm is set to wreak havoc on Torontonians this weekend. It is likely it will blow through Southern Ontario.
Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Officer of Health issued an extreme cold weather alert for Toronto. These types of alerts are generally issued for the city when this wind chill is expected to reach -20 C or colder.
So far the alert remains in effect until further notice and the Salvation Army is taking extra measures to prepare to meet the needs of the homeless.
Environment Canada predicts a low of -13 C in Toronto this evening, with a a windchill temperature of around -16 C.
Temperatures are expected to bounce back up to 1 C on Thursday morning, however, the federal weather agency says the wind chill will remain severe at -16 C.
Friday will see a rise in temperatures before Toronto is hammered with a slushy mix of ice and rain for Saturday and Sunday.
The City of Toronto is advising the public to dress appropriately and stay inside when able.
Christmas is in just over a week and many lights and decorations can be seen throughout the city of Toronto.
Will it be a white Christmas this year in Toronto? We can’t say for sure but the probability is looking good right now.
On December 25, The Weather Network is calling for scattered flurries to take place through the day.
It won’t be much but they are expecting about 1 cm to fall over the city on Wednesday.
It looks like there will be more to come on the days following Christmas though. From the December 27 to 31 TWN is predicting snowfall every day.
It is still too early to know for sure what the weather will decide this Christmas in Toronto but we can at least expect a little bit of a white Christmas if nothing else.