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Snow sticks in southern Ontario


Snow was falling along Highway 400 in Innisfil, ON
Snow was falling along Highway 400 in Innisfil, ON

Rayna Taylor, staff writer

November 5, 2010 — Temperatures dipped low enough in southern Ontario today that snow peppered the rooftops in some areas.

A farmhouse is nearly hidden by snow flurries
A farmhouse is nearly hidden by snow flurries

It was cold enough in the southern half of Ontario today, to bring snow to some areas.

It was accumulating on the rooftops of homes in Waterloo, while wet snow was falling along Highway 400 in Innisfil.

It isn't staying down on the ground, but it's still making the pavement very moist. And as the temperatures continue to dip near freezing, roads and highways will become increasingly slippery.

Rooftops in Waterloo, ON were peppered with snow
Rooftops in Waterloo, ON were peppered with snow

So where did this winter preview come from?

“The jet stream is sinking so far south that it's allowing cold air to come into the region. This, combined with the moisture coming in from the system in Atlantic Canada, is bringing the snow flurries to Ontario,” explains Gerald Cheng, a meterologist here at The Weather Network.

“But, the moisture is really light, so we don't expect any major accumulation, except for areas close to Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. They can expect upwards of 10 cm.”

Light flurries are still coming to other areas along the lake including London and St. Thomas, and further north in Collingwood and Barrie. This will continue into the overnight, but it won't last long.

“By Saturday afternoon, it will all be over. Towards the end of the weekend, we'll be to the west of the high pressure, allowing the warmer air to come back in,” says Cheng.

Temperatures will make their way back towards seasonal, reaching the low to mid teens.

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