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Winter wallop heads for southern Ontario

Some areas of southern Ontario will become a winter wonderland that’s wicked for driving while others will get off “scot free” during a slow moving storm.

Some areas of southern Ontario will become a winter wonderland that’s wicked for driving while others will get off “scot free” during a slow moving storm.

Environment Canada says a lake effect snowstorm will bring much of southern Ontario its first real winterlike weather of the season. Severe weather meteorologist Rob Kuhn says some areas could receive up to 60 centimetres, while others will only get flurries.

He says the storm is being caused by a sustained cold northwesterly flow over the relatively warm open waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

The GTA is expected to receive its first enduring snowfall of the season. In the city of Toronto, six to eight centimetres are possible. There will be less snow downtown, maybe enough to make the grass white, said Kuhn.

“The key phrase is local. Some parts of the city will only get a trace,” he said.

Areas north of Toronto, such as Aurora, Newmarket and Alliston have snow­squall warnings or watches and could get 15 to 25 centimetres of snow, Kuhn said.

 
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