The Greater Toronto Area is having its first real taste of winter.
The Georgian Bay snow squall is stretching down into the GTA resulting in the first significant snowfall of the season through Monday.
“The wind orientation off Georgian Bay and the strength of the squalls means snow flurries can actually reach the City,” explains Brian Owsiak, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. As a result, bursts of heavy snow will occur.
A light dusting already blanketed areas like Mississauga and Oakville early Sunday morning and more is on the way. “We're forecasting some seven centimetres for the region from Sunday through Monday, with higher amounts the further north you go.”
Could this mean lasting snow for the downtown core? “Flakes could accumulate in the City, but they're not serious enough to make piles of snow.”
Although the snowflakes will be enticing to look at, they could make for a messy morning commute. Blowing snow and reduced visibility are likely, so it's important to adjust your driving habits to fit the wintry conditions.
Environment Canada suggests people update their emergency car kits and dress for mid-winter cold.