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Cold air returns to southern Ontario

Potential snowfall amounts for Monday.
Potential snowfall amounts for Monday.

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 2, 2011 — After the taste of spring on New Year's Day, winter returns to southern Ontario on Sunday.

Winter weather has returned.
Winter weather has returned.

After experiencing record-breaking weather and rain, colder arctic air rapidly made a comeback early Sunday morning to Ontario.

Temperatures are hovering below seasonal all across the province. Some areas are into the minus teens with the windchill. That's a swing of about 15 to 20 degrees. Toronto has seen a drop of 17 degrees since New Year's Day.

As a result of the chilly air, lake effect snow has revved up across south central Ontario, albeit in a low gear. “With the change in the weather pattern, areas east of Lake Superior are expected to see an excess of 20 centimeters of snow while areas east of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron could see between five to 20 centimeters,” explains Patrick Cool, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Environment Canada says conditions aren't favourable enough for snow squalls to develop. Regardless, motorists should still adjust their driving to suit the weather. There is a chance heavier snow could affect visibility later on.

“Ultimately, this is a set up for an Alberta clipper on Tuesday. Widespread light snow is expected to fly across southern Ontario, including Toronto.”

To stay up-to-date on the current weather conditions in London, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top of bottom of every hour.

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