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Welcome back to reality: Snowy winter storm to hit Tuesday afternoon

Last Updated Mar 1, 2016 at 1:16 pm EST

Maybe hold off on planting those annuals.

After a balmy weekend of record-high temperatures, Toronto is going to be getting a blast of reality Tuesday, as a major winter storm is expected to blow into the region, dropping up to 25 centimetres of snow in its wake, according to Environment Canada.

March truly is going to be coming in like a lion, as the GTA is under a winter storm warning.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said snow arrives around 5 p.m. and will be heavy at times during the evening and overnight hours, with the potential for around 20-30 centimetres of snow by early Wednesday morning.

The overnight hours is when the greatest accumulation is expected to occur, making for a messy drive Wednesday.

CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said this could be the biggest snowfall Toronto’s experienced in two years.

“Strong northeasterly winds will also give blowing snow, especially in exposed areas and along the Lake Ontario shoreline due to gusts of 70 km/h,” the warning reads. “As the wind shifts early Wednesday morning to northerly the snow will end. Regions near Lake Erie may also experience several hours of freezing rain especially Tuesday night.”

The bad weather already struck north of Toronto on Monday, as CityNews weather specialist Frank Ferragine tweeted a vicious windstorm outside of his home in Bradford.

Blowing snow was reported in Stouffville, Aurora, Newmarket and Richmond Hill as well. After a powerful wind blew through downtown Toronto just after 5 p.m., light snow began falling in the city.