Weather alert warns of sudden temperature drop, strong winds Wednesday

It’s expected to be cold and windy on Wednesday, prompting a special weather statement to be issued.

Environment Canada is forecasting a sharp cold front that will track through southern Ontario and will lead to a dramatic temperature drop beginning in the afternoon.

In addition to the freezing conditions, strong winds are also anticipated. Gusts could reach up to 70 or 80 km/h.

The flash freeze may result in icy surfaces, like roads and sidewalks.

It will be a stark contrast from the mild temperatures that Waterloo Region experienced at the start of the week. CityNews 570 Weather Specialist Denise Andreacchi is forecasting a temperature drop of 20 degrees Celsius.

“There is going to be a battle of two seasons,” said Andreacchi. “In the morning it’s spring-like conditions… then later on you will be reminded that it’s February. We are dropping to -8 overnight.”

The strong winds are expected to ease sometime Wednesday evening and there will be a gradual temperature increase heading into the weekend.

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