As the winter season continues to wind down and the official start to spring closely approaches with the new month on Monday, the flip-flopping between seasons will be prominent across much of Ontario this weekend. An incoming system Friday night is set to bring a dash of snow for areas north of the 401 corridor into Saturday, though with rain for areas south of that line. Then by Sunday, temperatures will near the double-digit mark across the south giving a spring-like boost to round out the weekend, though with a gloomy start interrupting the temperature boost. More on the timing of these incoming systems, plus a look at the overall milder temperatures that have marked much of this winter, below.
Unsettled system brings messy weather Friday overnight through Saturday
Temperatures mild once again on the weekend, though slightly cooler than expected Sunday
Cooldown once again early next week, though not excessive
FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY: ABUNDANT SUNSHINE AHEAD OF INCOMING MESSY SYSTEM
High pressure has settled in nicely over much of southern Ontario, keeping skies clear through most of Friday – though paired with daytime highs falling a little closer to the freezing mark. Still, coupled full sunshine, conditions overall will feel good to round out the work week.
Friday's sun will be followed by a relatively weak system arriving for southern Ontario through the overnight hours, with its effects likely reaching the GTA by predawn on Saturday and eastern Ontario into the mid-morning. Though snow will be relatively widespread, amounts will be on the moderate side.
Areas north of the 401 will begin as wet snow, though changing to rain before ending, while areas south of that line will be largely rain with perhaps some snow mixed in.
The skies are set to clear through the afternoon, however, with partly sunny and mild conditions evoking an early spring-like feel (again) with mid-to-upper single-digit daytime highs.
SUNDAY: DELAY TO THE SPRING-LIKE WARMTH WITH GLOOMY START
That warmth will try to repeat itself on Sunday, but an east wind near the west end of Lake Ontario, cloudy conditions and an earlier than expected chance of showers will suppress daytime highs slightly.
Nevertheless, it will still be somewhat above-seasonal, and there's still a chance of cracking the double-digit mark for the southwest, though the GTA may not feel properly warm until the end of the day, when the wind shifts to the southwest.
While many Ontarians may have looked at the long range forecast and eagerly anticipated this weekend temperature bump for Sunday -- especially after the brief tease of it on Wednesday -- when you break down the winter as a whole, temperatures have certainly tipped to the milder side.
"Winter started mild, continued mild, didn't stay mild through the heart of February, but now at the end of the month, less than 40 percent of the days have actually been below seasonal this winter," says Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay.
WATCH: WINTER TEMPERATURES IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO HAVE BEEN NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT
BEYOND: UP-AND-DOWN TEMPERATURES, SOME UNSETTLED CONDITIONS
Temperatures will slide back down once again to start the new month of March on Monday, feeling around seasonal for the southwest and GTA and a touch below for eastern Ontario.
By midweek, temperatures turn milder once again, but the late week holds some potential for the return of unsettled conditions, as well as another slip in daytime highs for the first weekend of March.
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