Special Weather Warning for Oakville: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Special Weather Warning for Oakville: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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Wild weather is heading into Oakville over the next 24 hours after experiencing heavy rain last night. You’ll need some specialized clothing as you head out the door this morning, if you are planning on coming home late tonight according to Environment Canada.

After last night’s heavy rainfall, the potential for localized flooding is possible. It is particularly important to keep a safe distance from creeks and river banks as the water is moving at a rapid pace. The sun is expected to poke out this afternoon, but with it comes the potential of thunderstorms. Then a cold front will be sweeping through Oakville as temperatures are expected to drop by 20 plus degrees. This extreme temperature change will bring with it high winds and flash freezing. The time range for this potential drop in temperature in Oakville will be tonight from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Here is Environment Canada’s Special Weather Warning that was issued at 5:00 AM this morning:

March comes in like a wet lion with very mild temperatures.

Areas of rain and isolated thunderstorms have arrived as expected and will move out of Southern Ontario later this morning. After a short break, another round of showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected this afternoon as a sharp cold front approaches from the west.

The ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rain due to recent snowmelt and rain. Local flooding may be an issue in poorly drained areas. Motorists should also be prepared to encounter ponded water on poorly drained sections of highways today.

Very strong southwesterly to westerly winds are expected to develop later today as the cold front moves through, with gusts to 70 or 80 km/h quite likely in many areas. Even stronger winds are possible in Prince Edward County near Lake Ontario where a wind warning is in effect.

As the cold front moves through this evening, the showers will turn over to scattered flurries as temperatures plunge to well below the zero degree mark. Poorly drained sections of roads may become icy as a result. Motorists should be prepared for a quick return to poor winter driving conditions tonight.

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