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A cold front is generating some lake-effect flurries in parts of Ontario Tuesday. Watch for poor visibility.

Snow squalls move through southern Ontario

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:59 PM -

The first week of spring isn't shaping up to be a good one, weather-wise.

Cold conditions and snow squalls entered southern Ontario Tuesday afternoon, reducing visibility in the Toronto area.

The squalls started moving out of the GTA ahead of the evening commute.

"We could see some flurries behind those squalls in the GTA," says Weather Network Meteorologist Matt Grinter.

"The band will continue to move east along the 401 and is expected to cause squalls off the Huron and Georgian bays through the evening."

Areas around Toronto can expect up to to 2 cm of snow accumulation, while 2-4 cm is possible closer to Lake Huron.

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"There could also be some lake enhancement in parts of southern Ontario at times on Tuesday along with gusty conditions, which could lead to drifting or blowing snow through the evening hours," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.

Temperatures will remain frigid before a late week warm-up for the early weekend.

"However, this is accompanied by a system that will bring both rain and snow to Ontario after originating from the Prairies for Thursday and Friday," warns Vaswani. "There is some model disagreement on the timing of this system as it moves east on Friday."

TUNE IN: Watch The Weather Network on TV for updates on that system as it approaches.

While this may not be the forecast you were hoping for during the first week of spring, don't forget, it could always be worse. Atlantic Canadians are currently bracing for a powerful Nor'easter that could bring upwards of 30 cm of snow, hurricane force winds and strong storm surge. In fact, this could be the worst storm to hit the region this winter/spring season.

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