Cold temperatures and snow to hit Ontario this week
Monday, December 30, 2013, 8:29 AM -
Cold temperatures and the potential for heavy snow.
Much of southern Ontario can expect a very wintry end to 2013 this week.
Lake effect squalls near Georgian Bay and Lake Huron developed early Monday morning with snowfall amounts of up to 15 cm or more likely under the most intense snow squalls.
Snow squall watches and warnings were issued for some places warning of reduced visibility and poor driving conditions.
"The snow squalls are expected to persist into this afternoon then shift as winds become westerly," said Environment Canada in the warning.
According to Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham, a general 1-3 cm of snow is expected in the GTA with heavier lake enhanced snow over southern Niagara Monday night.
The snow flurries could slow the Tuesday morning commute and drivers are being urged to leave some extra time.
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"Snow is expected to develop across southern Ontario late Wednesday before tapering through the day Thursday," Gillham adds. "There may be significant enhancement around the west end of Lake Ontario, but too early to tell if that will be Hamilton to Oakville or in Niagara."
In addition, it will be a bitterly cold end to the week with wind chills in the -20s expected.
"While the temperature will recover this weekend, there are signs that next week will be even colder due to cross polar flow bringing in a Siberian air mass," Gillham says.