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Rain-snow mix in northern Ontario

Jill Colton, staff writer

October 19, 2010 — A cold front has helped to bring a rain-snow mix to parts of northern Ontario this week.

Chance of flurries again on Wednesday
Chance of flurries again on Wednesday

It's that time of year again. The leaves change colour, temperatures begin to drop and the chance of mixing weather conditions goes up.

Northern Ontario has already felt a brush of late fall weather. Some wet flurries were spotted in parts of northern Ontario on Tuesday and there's once again a risk on Wednesday.

The good news is, you won't need your shovel just yet.

“The rain-snow mix doesn't necessarily mean you'll see accumulations,” explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

“The temperatures near the surface will be too warm for the snow to stick around.”

Still, it'll be feeling brisk outside, so you might need to pull out your gloves. Temperatures are expected to hover around the low teens throughout the week.

History of October snow totals for Toronto.
History of October snow totals for Toronto.

Already this month, there have been several frost warnings, so it's no surprise that snow flurries could be on the horizon.

Residents across southern Ontario can rest easy. Over the past 50 years, Toronto's Pearson International Airport hasn't seen all that much snow in October. The last time the city saw amounts greater than one centimetre was in 1997 when around 2.8 mm covered the ground.

Regardless, there's no denying that temperatures are on the decline across the region. Although the mercury hovered around the 20 degree mark for several areas on Sunday, a chill is in the air this week.

Some people can't wait for winter to come. Snowmobile fans are hoping for big snowfalls this year. Over the weekend, snowmobile enthusiast events were held in the Greater Toronto Area. In the absence of snow, the snowmobilers still found a way to get some practice before the season starts. They used artifical turf that mimics snow.

To stay up-to-date on your local forecast, click our Ontario Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Lisa Varano

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