Residents of Southwestern Ontario are still feeling the impact of the season’s first significant snowfall.
As of Monday morning, a snow squall watch was in effect for London, Parkhill, Strathroy, and Komoka, as well as Eastern and Western Middlesex County.
The watch was issued by Environment Canada just after midnight, but the frigid conditions blew into the region on Saturday afternoon, about 24 hours after setting a new warm weather record.
Accumulation totals vary across the region.
“We saw the arrival of cold air through the weekend with the development of lots of lake effect snow and localized snow squalls off of Lake Huron and that extended, generally stayed south of the London area, we did get some reports from around the airport of around 7 centimetres, with higher amounts toward the southwest of London itself,” said Environment Canada Meteorologist Ryan Rozinskis.
Visibility was reduced by strong winds gusting up to 80 km an hour at times.
Despite plenty of warning from forecasters about the worsening conditions, London Police and the OPP were kept busy responding to collisions, and urged residents to avoid non-essential travel.
The conditions are less than ideal, but all school buses inside London and in Middlesex, Elgin and Oxford counties are running on time Monday morning.
The snow system won’t clear out of the region until Monday evening.
“We are looking at the potential for another 5 centimetres of snow with a big concern being the strong winds and snow resulting in blowing snow, creating reduced visibility again today, by Tuesday morning though everything should be wrapped up and we should be into much better conditions,” said Rozinskis.
We’re expecting a minor warm-up later in the week. The daytime high could climb up to 7 degrees by Thursday, with mixed precipitation expected.