For a third day in a row Thursday, severe winter conditions battered every province, causing delays at airports and train stations, closing schools and wreaking havoc on roads and highways. Powerful winds ripped through Southern Ontario, heavy snow blanketed Vancouver and an Arctic ridge of high pressure froze the Prairies with temperatures dropping below -40 in some areas. Both Saskatchewan and Manitoba Hydro reported RECORD levels of power consumption. In fact, the only parts of the country without severe weather alerts were the Northwest Territories and Yukon. "If you look at our weather warning map, it is still solid red coast to coast. It is WACKY winter weather, but it is not out of the norm. There are periods in the midwinter when weather can be very active across the country. But it is UNUSUAL to have warnings in EVERY province at one time. That certainly doesn't happen every day." Environment Canada expected the worst of the cold in Southern Ontario to end Thursday, but extreme conditions are expected to continue in the northwestern parts of the province and into the Prairies.
Toronto is dealing with a massive low pressure system that will drop as much as twenty centimeters of snow on the city by midnight, Saturday. It is expected be a RECORD BREAKING DAY in Toronto as the most snowfall the city has seen on February 1st was back in 1967 when 8.1 centimeters fell. THAT RECORD WILL MOST LIKELY BE DOUBLED. Toronto will not see the worst of the storm. As much as thirty centimeters could fall in the Bancroft-Ottawa corridor.
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