Some lake-effect squalls return Friday to Ontario, with cold temperatures

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Some lake-effect squalls return Friday to Ontario, with cold temperatures

Travel was not easy Thursday, as gusty winds help drive lake-effect snow into the traditional snowbelt areas as well as the Niagara Region, with some snow squall watches and warnings still in effect late Thursday night. Another round of squalls is possible Friday, though comparatively weaker. Beyond, a strong cold front will bring some of the coldest weather of the season so far to start out next week. More on the timing and impacts, below

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FRIDAY AND BEYOND: SOME LAKE-EFFECT SQUALLS LINGER, COLDEST TEMPERATURES OF THE SEASON UP AHEAD

Parts of Ontario have had a rough latter half of the week weatherwise, with strong winds Wednesday followed by at-times intense snow squalls Thursday for parts of southwestern Ontario and the Niagara region.

By early Friday morning, winds will shift out of the northwest, which will allow for the lake-effect to continue through the traditional snow belts. This will gradually diminish by Friday night, and for many Ontarians, a more remarkable feature of the day will be the chilly temperatures, with wind chill values down past -10 for most places.

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Temperatures will remain cold through the first half of the weekend, briefly warming up on Sunday with rain showers expected.

By early next week however, a strong cold front crossing the region threatens some of the coldest weather of the season so far, with overnight temperatures set to dip into the -20s, feeling even colder with the wind chill.

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This will trigger another round of lake-effect snow squalls, with localized whiteouts likely amid the dangerous wind chills.

"However, this will be a quick shot of frigid weather, as we will see a warming trend mid and late next week, returning seasonal and even above seasonal by the end of the week," says Dr. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

There's the potential for more consistent winter weather for the third week of January, but a rather mild pattern is expected to return before the end of January once again.

Be sure to check back for the latest weather conditions as we kick off this new year in Ontario.

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