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ON, QC get a taste of winter

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

November 5, 2010 — A large system moving up the Eastern Seaboard is bringing snow to parts of Ontario and Quebec this weekend.

Late week rain and snow
Late week rain and snow

The first week of November is coming to a close and already the fall season seems to be take over by Old Man Winter. Some areas saw a snowy Hallowe'en and now another low pressure system is making this weekend a truly white one.

Early on Friday, snow blanketed some central parts of Quebec. Light flurries also fell in Sarnia, Waterloo, Muskoka, Kitchener, Barrie and Peterborough. And it seems like the GTA won't be spared either.

“We do have a storm system moving up the Eastern Seaboard that will be developing later this week. What that's going to do, is it's going to change the wind direction in Ontario,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

“So what we're going to see Friday (in the Greater Toronto Area) is it's going to get colder, the temperatures are going to drop, we're going to notice that the daytime highs are going to be a lot lower than what we're used to and we're going to see during the evening and into the commute time a little bit of mixing precipitation.”

Vettese adds that how the precipitation will fall, either as rain or snow, will depend on the storm track.While many regions did receive a helping of the white stuff today, most of it is expected to melt on contact with the ground.

Gerald Cheng is another meteorologist at The Weather Network. He says the Muskoka region could see some light snow on Friday.

An unsettled and cool day expected Friday
An unsettled and cool day expected Friday

“We will see rain/snow for the area on Friday starting in Parry Sound and then the mix precip boundary will sink south towards the Golden Horseshoe later in the afternoon,” says Cheng. “Ottawa remains the only major city that will get some snow, and it will only be a couple of centimetres.”

Cheng says that because temperatures are not cold enough, places that normally see lake effect will probably see rain-snow mix or wet snow during overnights and mornings.

The system will impact the Maritimes as well and will mainly be a rain event, but there will be “lots of rain and strong winds”, says Vettese. Some areas through the Fundy Shores could see upwards of 100 mm of rain.

The early arrival of snow has many people wondering what's in store for the winter months?

With the potential for a stormy year, drivers are encouraged to install their winter tires as soon as possible.

Be sure to also check the Canadian Cities Index before you head out during the frosty days ahead.

With files from Beverley Ann D'Cruz

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