Forecasters are warning that snow squalls set to hit the region later this week will bring with them the coldest air of the season.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for London, Parkhill, Strathroy, Komoka and Middlesex County, warning conditions will take a turn for the worse beginning late Thursday.
It’s what forecasters are calling the first ‘significant lake effect snow event’ of the season for southwestern Ontario.
The national weather agency says snow squalls will rapidly develop over the Great Lakes, and will quickly come ashore and affect many communities across southern and central Ontario beginning Thursday night.
“We are quite confident that snow squalls are going to develop. If they’re fast-moving and very brief, of course the snow amounts could be quite a bit less,” said Rob Kuhn, severe weather meteorologist with Environment Canada.
“The visibility is probably going to be very low–maybe nil at times–in these bursts of heavy snow. If it does lock in over London or Strathroy–it’s too early to tell exactly where yet–some folks in those various areas where it locks in may get 15 (centimetres.) It can very easily produce that.”
The latest indications suggest potential for a strong snow squall or two off of Lake Huron into Huron, Middlesex, and Lambton Counties, and another snow squall off of Georgian Bay into Simcoe County.
“We are going to be staying at or below freezing right into the weekend, and actually could be right into early next week, with the highest temperature I see in the outlooks highs of near zero on Sunday and Monday,” said Kuhn.
“If we get a few centimetres of snow–especially if we get 10 or 15–I think we’re going to be white for a while.”
Environment Canada advises motorists planning to travel Thursday night through Friday to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions from heavy and blowing snow.
With the daytime high expected to generally stay below the freezing mark over the next two weeks, in addition to more snowfall, it appears Old Man Winter may be laying the foundation for a white Christmas.
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