Jill Colton, staff writer
December 4, 2010 — Flurries and squalls developed off the Great Lakes resulting in heavy snow for some areas in Ontario.
There's no mistaking it, December is here and so is the snow. The official start of winter is still a few weeks away, but you wouldn't know it in parts of Ontario.
Snow squalls have been streaming off Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and places like Barrie, Goderich and Owen Sound could see up to 15 cm through Saturday. Intense bands are also bringing snow to areas farther west including London and Wiarton.
Adjusting your driving habits is crucial as the seasons begin to change and conditions deteriorate. On Friday morning police responded to a roll over near Wasaga Beach. No injuries were reported, but authorities are warning drivers to take precaution on the roads.
“The roads are extremely slippery and please slow down,” says Tony Van Dam, Fire Chief in the Springwater Township. The potential for whiteout conditions and poor visibility will continue through the overnight hours.
The piling snow is giving ski resorts in the area something to smile about. ““The fresh snow is a nice start to the season because it provides a nice mix of natural snowfall combined with man made snowmaking. This actually helps to enhance the ski experience,” explains Kelly O'Neil, public relations representative for Blue Mountain.
Since Thursday, Sault Ste. Marie has already seen 25 cm and almost 13 cm has fallen on Wiarton. Meanwhile, south of the border in Buffalo, motorists were left stranded when nearly 100 cm pounded the region.
Although the snow is set to taper on Saturday, another system could bring more wintery conditions on Sunday.
“A big low pressure system that is moving into the Maritimes is helping northwesterly winds to sweep across southern Ontario,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “The strong winds will cause lake effect snow and colder temperatures for southern Ontario and parts of Quebec.”
The GTA will see less than 5 cm of snow with this storm, but areas around Lake Huron could see as much as 30 cm.
This week, much of Ontario was drenched with heavy rain, thanks to an intense low pressure system. The same storm brought heavy amounts of snow to northwestern Ontario.
To stay up-to-date on the current conditions where you are, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.
With files from Lyndsay Morrison and Andrea Stockton