Snow squalls, strong winds in Ontario bring an early taste of winter

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Snow squalls, strong winds in Ontario bring an early taste of winter
Snow squalls, strong winds in Ontario bring an early taste of winter
Snow squalls, strong winds in Ontario bring an early taste of winter
Snow squalls, strong winds in Ontario bring an early taste of winter

The first few days of November are bringing chilly, and at times, snowy weather across southern Ontario. Parts of the region will wake up to snow squalls and blustery winds up to 80 km/h on Monday morning. The good news is that forecasters say this is a false start to winter, since temperatures will climb to the mid-teens later this week. Details on the snow squall timing, and just how hot it will get, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Snow squalls taper off early Monday morning for snow belt areas; flurries linger

  • Late-week warmup with above seasonal temperatures

MONDAY: SNOW SQUALLS, STRONG WIND GUSTS

Parts of southern Ontario will see snow squalls on Monday morning, which could cause low visibility and several centimetres of accumulating snow. Flurries could be heavy at times and certain areas, such as Elgin and areas along Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, could see snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm.

Wind warnings are in effect for communities along Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Many regions, including the GTA, have been issued special weather statements that warn of strong wind gusts up to 80 km/h. The winds will diminish throughout the day on Monday.

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Snow squalls are expected to impact Grey-Bruce, Barrie, Orillia and Midland regions. "Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero," Environment Canada states.

The lakes' waters will be much warmer than the winds, which generates lake-effect snow and being driven well inland thanks to the direction of the winds.

The southwest is where the strongest squalls will be, with London being the focus for a major impact. Northern parts of the GTA may see the tail end of the Georgian Bay squall.

The snow squalls will taper off early Monday morning, but another weak low will bring snow to northern Ontario. Another change in the wind direction with the inbound system will limit the lake-effect snow during the day.

LATER THIS WEEK: WARMER WEATHER RETURNS

It won't take long for the warmer weather to nudge back in, with much more comfortable temperatures climbing above seasonal.

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"An extended period of near to above seasonal temperatures are expected through the second week of November with temperatures more typical of mid-October," says The Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

Be sure to check back for the most up-to-date weather in your area

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