Although Western Canada has already seen streets blanked with snow and significant storm warnings, today is the day that the Southern Ontario, near Toronto, is going to see its first winter snowfall.
According to AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist Brett Anderson, an arctic cold front will come through Southern Ontario Thursday afternoon, which will bring colder temperatures and light snow.
“Temperatures are going to steadily fall later in the afternoon and as that [cold] front moves by, we do expect snow showers to break out across much of Southern Ontario up through Eastern Ontario later in the afternoon and through the evening,” Anderson said.
Police are advising motorists to prepare for the slippery conditions and use extra caution on the roads as visibility will be poor. Some areas will see up to 15 centimeters of heavy, blowing snow by this evening which will accumulate quickly under the snow squall bands and may continue into Friday morning.
Snow squall advisories have been issued for Sault Ste. Marie, Barrie, Dufferin, Grey-Bruce, Halton-Peel, Huron-Perth, London, Sarnia, Waterloo and York-Durham areas.
The AccuWeather expert also expects that there will be a brief period of lake effect snow towards Barrie.
“Probably not a big event but we may see five, eight centimeters or so out there…it’s not going to last that long,” Anderson said.
The areas towards Eastern Ontario and Quebec may miss the snowfall this time around but they will experience significant winds and cold temperatures.