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First flakes fly across parts of Ontario as coldest air of the season arrives

Friday, October 22nd 2021, 3:12 pm - As temperatures take a significant tumble back into seasonal territory, the first snow flakes of the season began to fly across parts of Ontario early Friday.

We always knew that the extended stretch of well above seasonal October warmth wouldn't last. After being spoiled with some late summer-like weather and several days in the 20s this month, parts of Ontario woke up to the first flakes of the season early Friday.

While October snow is certainly not unusual for the traditional snow belt areas east and southeast of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, it can still catch people off guard when those first flakes fly.

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"The flurries this morning were indeed an abrupt contrast to the September-like weather that has dominated the month of October until today," says Dr. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "While this morning felt like a bit of a shock, temperatures were actually right at normal for late October."

With the coldest air of the season so far crossing over the Great Lakes, which are exceptionally warm for this time of year, that also created the perfect set-up for these first flakes of the season.

The higher elevations of southern Ontario, south of Georgian Bay, may even see some mixing or wet snow in the early morning hours on Saturday once again.

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Are you ready? See below for a look at the first dusting of the season.

Ignace snow UGC Oct 22 Snow in Ignace, ON - Peter van Driel

Thumbnail image courtesy: North Bay, ON

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