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Special weather statement for Toronto calls for heavy rain, changing to wet snow

Heavy rain is in store for Toronto and is expected to turn into wet snow late Wednesday night, Environment Canada says.

The federal weather agency has issued a new special weather statement for the city, saying it should expect an additional five to 10 millimetres of rain on Wednesday evening.

“Rain will transition to snow tonight as temperatures cool, although significant amounts are not expected,” the federal weather agency said.

The Greater Toronto Area saw near-constant rain Wednesday as a spring storm brought wet and gusty conditions with it.

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport said it was experiencing flight delays Wednesday due to the weather. Incoming and outgoing flights between Toronto and some airports along the U.S. eastern seaboard including New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia were delayed Wednesday, it said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

The gloomy spring weather is forecast to stick around until the weekend, with sunshine and daily temperature highs in the low to mid-teens expected on Saturday and Sunday and through to early next week.

Water levels in city elevated due to rain: TRCA 

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) said in a statement Wednesday that all shorelines, rivers and streams in the GTA should be considered “dangerous” due to changing and higher water levels, and should be avoided. It added that the rain in Toronto has saturated the soil and elevated water levels.

Water levels are expected to recede but higher than normal levels are expected to persist over the next day, the conservation authority said.

The combination of slippery banks, and cold-water temperatures will create hazardous conditions near water bodies, it added. Widespread flooding is not expected but there could be pooling in low-lying areas with poor drainage.

Children and pets should be kept away from river banks and motorists should avoid driving through underpasses with deep water.

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