Jan 04, 2018

By Jane Brown

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You think it’s extremely cold right now? Well, it is, but it’s about to get even colder.

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement calling for a bitterly cold northwesterly flow to develop over Southern Ontario Thursday. The temperature in Toronto will drop to minus 22 celcius overnight to Friday. And then the high temperature for Friday and Saturday is expected to be at just minus 17 and that’s without the windchill factored in.

Meantime, travel by road and air across Atlantic Canada and the U.S. Northeast is already being impacted today by a severe winter storm coming north from the American east coast.

The storm, as of Thursday morning stretches from the Carolinas almost to Maine, and is bringing hurricane-force winds and between 15 and 30 centimetres of snow starting during the morning, before turning to ice pellets and rain by tonight.

The extreme weather system dubbed a “bomb cyclone” was spawned by freezing Arctic air colliding with warmer Atlantic waters off the U-S Eastern Seaboard.

Residents of Long Island are being encouraged to stay off the roads if possible and dig out the hydrants on their blocks.

If you’re travelling by air to the U.S. Northeast or Atlantic provinces, make sure you check ahead. A number of flights from Toronto’s Pearson Airport and Billy Bishop Airport to destinations in these areas have been delayed or cancelled.

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