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Southern Ontario: How common is snow in April?

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 4:48 PM -

Parts of Canada are in the midst of a temperature roller coaster, with long range models struggling to converge on a forecast.

Spring is typically a season of weather extremes, and this year has been no different. Take southern Ontario for example, where some communities are getting ready for a warm-up that could push temps into the teens later this week.

That warm spell is expected to be short-lived, with the potential for snow early next week.

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The forecast probably won't firm up for a few more days but, if it were to snow, it wouldn't be anything out of the ordinary.

"On average, Toronto sees 4 cm of snow during the month of April," says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon.

"The seasonal daytime high for the region is 11°C, but it's not uncommon to see temperature dips and snow accumulation this time of year."

Further west, Hamilton sees an average of 8 cm of snow in April.

"That's due to the city's proximity to the lake," Dillon adds.

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