UPDATE: Environment Canada advises snow and rain in forecast for Kingston and area

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Monday, Jan. 9, 2024, at 2:06 p.m. For the most recently updated information, please see bottom of article.

With the first lasting snowfall only just in the rearview mirrors of those in Kingston and area, the forecast looks as though it will do away with the winter white stuff.

A messy mix of winter weather is expected throughout the day in Kingston and the area on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, according to Environment Canada.

The national weather agency issued ‘Special Weather Statements’ for several areas in and around Kingston today, Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, advising of a storm system that is “expected to move into portions of southern Ontario on Tuesday,” bringing with it total snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm. The snow will be followed by rain, and both forms of precipitation – as well as the two combined – may result in hazardous travel conditions.

The snow-to-rain storm is expected to begin late Tuesday morning and continue into the evening, Environment Canada said.

“The snow may be heavy at times before changing into rain,” the Special Weather Statement issued for Kingston reads, noting that rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm are possible near Lake Ontario.

Environment Canada noted that snowfall amounts may be “significantly lower closer to Lake Ontario where snow may change to rain sooner.”

“Difficult travel conditions will be likely once the snow arrives. At this point, it appears that the heaviest snow will arrive after the morning commute, but that the afternoon commute could be significantly impacted,” the Statement said.

“Winter weather travel advisories may be issued for some regions as this event draws nearer.”

The Special Weather Statement in effect for Kingston is also in effect for the Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas. To the north, Special Weather Statements for the South Frontenac, Tweed, and Stirling areas remain the same, though they advise snowfall amounts could reach more than 15 cm, and note a risk of freezing rain. The same is the case to the east in the Gananoque area.

For more information and to keep up to date with the forecast as Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, draws nearer, visit Environment Canada’s Weather Alerts webpage.

UPDATE (Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, at 3:45 p.m.):

As the winter storm continues across the region, Environment Canada has also issued a rainfall warning, noting that the frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall.

This afternoon, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, the ongoing snowfall is expected to change to rain, which will end later this afternoon or overnight, according to the weather statement, issued at 2:45 p.m. today.

Environment Canada warns that localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads,” the national weather agency stated. “Keep children and pets away from creeks and river banks.”

At this time, snowfall warnings have been issued for the South Frontenac, Stirling, Tweed, Madoc, Tamworth, and Sydenham areas.

For more information and to keep up to date with the forecast, visit Environment Canada’s Weather Alerts webpage.

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