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Rain to continue in Toronto, may turn into wet snow overnight

Environment Canada issued a new special weather statement for Toronto on Wednesday, saying the city should expect an additional 10 to 15 millimetres of rain on Wednesday evening. The rain could mix with or turn into wet snow overnight, particularly in areas away from Lake Ontario,  (Michael Wilson/CBC - image credit)
Environment Canada issued a new special weather statement for Toronto on Wednesday, saying the city should expect an additional 10 to 15 millimetres of rain on Wednesday evening. The rain could mix with or turn into wet snow overnight, particularly in areas away from Lake Ontario, (Michael Wilson/CBC - image credit)

Heavy rain in Toronto is expected to mix with or turn into wet snow late Wednesday night, Environment Canada says.

In an updated special weather statement for the city, the federal weather agency said Toronto should expect an additional 10 to 15 millimetres of rain on Wednesday evening.

"Rain will mix with or become wet snow tonight for areas away from Lake Ontario," the federal weather agency said late Wednesday.

Only about two centimetres of snow is expected.

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.