PHOTOS: Quick snap into winter with first major snow in the GTA

PHOTOS: Quick snap into winter with first major snow in the GTA
PHOTOS: Quick snap into winter with first major snow in the GTA

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Snow in November is certainly not unheard of across southern Ontario, but after you start the month with record-breaking 20°C temperatures, it may feel a little harsher to handle.

From shorts to snow brushes, it was a pretty quick snap into the winter-like weather across the region, as temperatures began to fall through the weekend and the first measurable snowfall coated grass and roadways on Tuesday and into Wednesday. A widespread winter weather travel advisory also covered most of the GTA, warning drivers to brace for the changing conditions -- likely the first bout of winter driving for many so far this season.

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Tuesday saw snow squalls pop up around GTA, leading to difficult travel and some quick accumulations. A low-pressure system then made its way over Lake Erie Tuesday evening, bringing a more widespread coating of about 5 cm of snow. Typical of mid-November events, temperatures were marginal with accumulations highly impacted by elevation and distance from the Great Lakes.

Love it or hate it, this first brush with winter is only a sign of what's to come. Forecasters are now eyeing a multi-day lake-effect snow squall event, one that could bring some significant impacts to travel through the weekend.

The hardest hit region will be the Buffalo area with 50-80+ cm of snow expected, though eyes are also on southern parts of the Niagara region as the heavy snow squall will drift north into this region at times, with 30-50 cm of snow possible between Niagara Falls and Fort Erie.

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Colder than seasonal temperatures will continue into early next week as well.

Here's a closer look at the first measurable snow that hit the GTA this week:

WATCH: These snow squalls gave southern Ontario its first wintry weekend

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Be sure to check back for the latest weather updates across Ontario.