Throughout the week, GTA residents have been warned that it’s going to be a pretty nasty weekend in Halton and surrounding cities.
Now, Environment Canada is warning people that inclement weather is indeed still on the horizon.
In a recently released weather statement, the environment agency says that Halton and Peel (Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills), along with much of Southern Ontario, will be on the northern fringe of a major winter storm tracking south of the Great Lakes this weekend.
The weather agency has also issued an actual weather warning for Oakville and Burlington, warning residents of those two municipalities that they could be affected by a full-on winter storm.
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As for Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Milton and Halton Hills, Environment Canada says periods of snow will begin Saturday morning and taper off late Saturday night.
Snowfall amounts ranging from 5 to 10 cm are expected near Lake Ontario, while amunts of 2 to 5 cm are expected north of Highway 7.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.
But that’s not the worst of it.
Environment Canada says very cold temperatures and moderate winds of up to 50 km/h will accompany the snow, resulting in wind chill values in the minus 20 to minus 30 range.
These very cold wind chills are expected to persist into Monday morning.
Blowing snow may also develop Saturday resulting in reduced visibility at times.
If you live in Burlington or Oakville, expect the snow to get heavy at times, and note that blowing snow is expected to develop early Saturday morning and taper off Saturday night.
Snowfall accumulations of 15 to 25 cm are expected.
In addition, strong northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h will generate widespread blowing snow and cold wind chill values near minus 20. Visibility will be seriously affected.
If you live in an affected area, you might want to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.