December 25 is less than a month away and it's already starting to look a lot like Christmas for parts of Ontario.
Lake effect flurries will be kicking into high gear throughout the Grey -- Bruce Region and areas east of Georgian Bay beginning this morning.
“Cold wind off the water is generating squalls and they'll dump between 15-25 cm in about 12 hours by this evening,” explains Brian Dillon, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “We're expecting the lake effect snows to be the main story. We could be talking about the first significant snowfall of the season up there,” says Martin Belanger, another meteorologist at The Weather Network.
With the incoming snow, it's a good idea to prepare for sudden whiteout conditions if you're on the road. Bursts of heavy snow and localized blowing snow could make driving hazardous.
Meanwhile, another round of snow is set to hammer communities across other parts of the province. “While the snow is slowly starting to taper in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, it will persist in northern Ontario through to Saturday,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Places like Geraldton, Timmins and Pickle Lake could see the heaviest amounts with up to 20 cm possible.” On Thursday, Wawa was already inundated with 24 cm of snow and Kenora saw 16 cm.
As for southern Ontario, there's a chance of lake effect flurries for both Lake Erie and Toronto. According to Environment Canada, local snowfall amounts around the Lake Erie region could total 5 cm. “We're not expecting a lot of snow in Toronto. However, Saturday morning as this band in the north sinks south, we could see a little bit of snow maybe one or two centimetres,” says Martin Belanger, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
Snow isn't the only thing Ontario residents will have to contend with. An intense bout of freezing rain and flash freezing swept parts of the province Thursday evening and continued early Friday morning. The OPP say accidents were reported on Highways 11 and 104 during the overnight hours.
For more details on the storms in the Prairies, be sure you check your local forecast. 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 Andrea Stockton and Lyndsay Morrison