Wintry blast Thursday morning could make for a messy commute

Winter driving

Winter doesn't officially arrive for another six weeks, but a wintry blast Thursday morning could mean a messy commute. 

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Greater Toronto Area.

A developing low pressure system, is expected to bring a messy mix of precipitation.

We could see icy, slippery road conditions for your commute in the morning.

It'll start as rain tonight, then change to light snow overnight or early Thursday morning. We could see 1 to 2 centimetres.

Mark Mills, superintendent for road operations with the City of Toronto, tells our sister station CP24 that they watch the forecast closely and take the necessary precautions.

"When we followed the forecast, it looked like we might have some frost overnight or this snow event was gonna happen, so we put out the brine trucks in anticipation of that, where we put brine down on our expressways, hills, bridges and intersections."

"On an average winter, we'll probably use between 130 thousand - 150 thousand tons of salt and any typical event, where we have to salt most of our roads or all of our roads, it would be between 10 and 12 thousand tons of salt."

And, commuters are being reminded to adjust their driving, according to the road and weather conditions. 

Give yourself some extra time in the morning.

Keep in mind, if you're driving north of the city, things will get even messier. Barrie could see up to 30cm of snow by Friday morning.

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With files from Environment Canada