Snow squalls persist, travel impacts in parts of southern Ontario

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Snow squalls persist, travel impacts in parts of southern Ontario
Snow squalls persist, travel impacts in parts of southern Ontario

Blustery conditions behind a departing Alberta clipper led to snow squalls across parts of southern Ontario Monday, complicating travel during the day for some locales. Some communities were forecast to see several centimetres of snow by the end of the day as the bands moved in off Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. More on snow amounts and the next system pushing into the region for mid-week, below.

SNOW SQUALLS, COOL TEMPERATURES FELT MOMNDAY

Cool, northwesterly winds blowing over the relatively warm waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay allowed for several bands of lake-effect snow to develop across parts of southern Ontario and cottage country on Monday.

There was also thundersnow reported north of Goderich around lunchtime.

Areas affected by the snow bands were expected to see 5-10 cm of snow by the time they wound down down, with localized pockets of 15 cm or more in some spots. Environment and Climate Change Canada warned that some areas could experience reduced visibility as a result of heavy snow and gusty winds.

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The squalls were forecast to bring particularly tricky travel on highways 400, 401, 8, and 26.

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THE WEEK AHEAD: ONTARIO’S NEXT STORM ARRIVES FROM THE PRAIRIES

A low-pressure system tracking in from the Prairies will bring Ontario its next bout of active weather on Wednesday and Thursday. A messy mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain is expected for the Ottawa Valley, western and southern Quebec on Wednesday afternoon.

There are some model discrepancies in terms of amounts at this time, however, this could be concerning as the conditions linger into the overnight hours, likely to result in slick surfaces. For Quebec, this may mean a dangerous freezing rain and ice event.

Meanwhile, areas across the south will see rain beginning early Wednesday, lingering through Thursday. As well, a brief warm-up is expected for southern Ontario with temperatures reaching the low to mid-teens.

Colder, but near seasonal weather returns late week with bands of lake-effect snow southeast of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Thursday evening through Friday morning.

Beyond, forecasters are watching the potential for a shot of colder weather early next week that could stick around for a few days and bring a more significant episode of lake-effect snow.

Be sure to check back for the latest forecast across Ontario.

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