Monday’s afternoon commute could be a messy one in parts of the GTA, with strong winds and flurries in the forecast.
A special weather statement has been issued by Environment Canada for Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Halton Hills, Milton, Burlington and Oakville.
A band of lake effect snow is currently extending inland from Lake Huron to western Lake Ontario and according to the agency, the band is likely to swing slightly north and south of its current position during the afternoon and early evening hours.
Snowfall amounts will range from 4 to 8 centimetres locally over areas affected by the snow bands to a dusting in areas that receive only occasional flurries.
This snowfall combined with forecast high winds will likely affect the afternoon commute.
Environment Canada is therefore advising motorists to be prepared for rapidly changing and suddenly poor winter driving conditions, with visibility set to be affected by bursts of heavier snow and blowing snow.
Meanwhile the city of Toronto remains under an extreme cold weather alert with temperatures set to plunge to as low as minus 15 overnight on Monday.
The city is reminding residents that two 24-hour warming centres will remain open at 323 Dundas Street East and 25 Augusta Avenue throughout the months of January and February.