Winter storm arriving Friday will make driving treacherous from Pickering to Beaverton


Published December 22, 2022 at 2:04 pm

Wind gusts of up to 90 km/hr and near zero visibility along with wind chill temperatures in the minus twenties will make the winter storm arriving Friday morning a hazardous experience, especially for those who have to drive in it.

The storm will start out as rain or snow later today before temperatures are expected to plummet overnight, leading to a potential flash freeze and dangerous driving conditions.

Damaging winds and widespread blowing snow developing Friday morning and continuing into Saturday will bring five to 15 centimetres. The snowfall will taper off Saturday morning but Friday’s damaging winds and widespread blowing snow will make travel extremely hazardous.

The very cold wind chill values are expected to persist until at least Christmas morning.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to

Continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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