Londoners will be ringing in the New Year in winter boots and an umbrella.
Environment Canada’s snow squall watch was lifted for London-Middlesex late Friday afternoon, while warnings issued for areas north of the city were lifted Friday evening.
However, while the squall activity is on its way out, a clipper system is on its way in.
“It’s hardly going to be perfect but it’s not going to be really bad,” AM980 Weather Specialist John Wilson explains.
“There is a clipper system coming through headed right for the Ottawa Valley, which will bring a lot more snow to the north of us than we’ll get. In fact, I’ve been calling for 2-5cm for days now and I’m still sticking to the 2, it looks like we probably won’t get 5. It’ll be mainly [Saturday] afternoon, maybe mixed with a little rain, and then I still expect some snow around – maybe a little bit at least – for New Year’s Eve party time.”
Accumulation won’t be a major concern, but the milder temperatures could cause problems as the high is forecast to reach plus one.
“I think we’ll still have some light snow grinding out, not very much, but at the same time it could freeze up if it’s melted during the day, so it could get slippery too,” Wilson adds.
As for the first week of 2017, we can expect cloudy skies and a high of -1C on Sunday, a bit of a rainy warm-up Monday and Tuesday with highs forecast to hit +6 and +10C respectively, and the temperature dropping down later in the week to around -5C with flurries.