It looks like Old Man Winter spent the first weekend of 2016 making up for lost time.
A snow squall warning that blanketed the London region came to an end late Sunday, but not before dumping the heaviest snowfall we’ve seen so far this winter season.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, all school buses in the region were running on schedule.
The Gerrie Electric Storm Centre tracked the system as it moved west of the region Sunday evening, bringing an end to Environment Canada’s snow squall warning.
“I would say some regions got between 5 and 10 centimetres as the squalls looked pretty intense on the radar as they went through,” said Severe Weather Meteorologist with Environment Canada Ria Olsen. “It would have been spread over a wide area because they didn’t lock in in any one location for very long.”
Visibility was the main issue for drivers on Sunday. The fluffy snowflakes were blown around by heavy winds, reducing visibility at times on Highway 4 north of London and other county roads outside of the city.
According to the forecast, we’re expecting a high of only -11 Monday, and a low of -17 overnight.
“We’re looking at today being the coldest day of the winter so far, as we’ve had such a mild December,” said Olsen. “Our average temperature is closer to -2 or -3 so because we haven’t had much cold air, this is going to feel really cold because we’re just not used to it.”
The forecast does warm up a little bit from here, but Olsen admits we shouldn’t expect the mild temperatures we enjoyed last month.
“It looks like late in the week, maybe Friday, we could get above zero but if it only lasts a few hours, we won’t melt all the snow so places that had heavier amounts will probably still keep some snow on the ground but hoping that December (temperatures) would last for a few more months, that’s not really going to be the case,” said Olsen.