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Weather: Rain changing to “heavy snow” on tap for Tuesday

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A winter weather travel advisory is in effect for April 19 and spring snow is expected to add up to 5 to 10 cm in some places on Tuesday.

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Snow can fall as fast as 3cm per hour from morning to early afternoon with sometimes significantly reduced visibility, Environment and Climate Change Canada said.

The wintry weather is expected to start as rain before turning to snow, but temperatures above freezing on Monday could limit the amount of snow that sticks, especially on roads and sidewalks. Tuesday should reach 3 C.

“Be prepared to adapt your driving to changing road conditions,” the weather agency warned.

“Be very careful when walking or driving in affected areas. Visibility can sometimes be suddenly reduced in heavy snow.

For Tuesday evening, episodes of rain or snow are expected to change to snow only then end around midnight with a 40% chance of flurries overnight. Local quantities of 2 cm are expected with a minimum of 0 C.

The sky should clear Wednesday morning with a maximum of 9°C then periods of rain and 2°C Wednesday evening.

Periods of rain are forecast for Thursday with a high of 11°C. There is a 60% chance of showers on Thursday evening with a forecast low of 4°C.

Friday’s forecast promises to be magnificent with sunny skies, a maximum of 15°C and a minimum of -1°C.

Clouds are expected to return Saturday with a 60% chance of showers during the day and showers Saturday evening. The expected maximum is 12 C with a minimum of 4 C.

“Normals” for this time of year are highs of 13 C and lows of 2 C.

Sunrise was at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday and sunset is at 7:52 p.m.