Old man winter has delivered a one-two punch of snow and bitterly cold temperatures to the London area this holiday weekend.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, about 15 to 25 cm of snow had fallen across southern and western parts of London and nearly 20 cm in the Komoka area, according to Environment Canada.
“Further snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm are quite likely in the strongest lake effect snow bands tonight, with perhaps slightly lesser amounts in Elgin County,” according to the national weather agency.
Forecasters say the strongest lake effect snow bands are coming ashore between Bayfield and Kettle point, and are extending inland across London to the St. Thomas and Aylmer areas.
The AM980-Gerrie Electric Supply Storm Centre is monitoring this system. Click here to view radar.
An extreme cold warning and a snow squall warning remain in effect for London-Middlesex.
The temperature plunged to -22°C at around 8 a.m. Saturday nearly eclipsing a cold temperature record established in 1979 when the mercury dropped to -23.5°C.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit is also warning residents of the extreme cold.
“We are issuing a cold weather alert running through until Monday morning,” said Randy Walker, Public Health Inspector for the MLHU.
Relief from the bitterly cold conditions is expected on Valentine’s Day afternoon as the temperature will begin to inch up a few degrees.
On Family Day Monday, considerably milder weather will arrive with temperatures approaching normal values for this time of year as the forecast calls for a high of -1°C.