The wintery conditions that have hit Ontario these past few days may get even worse, according to meteorologists at The Weather Network.

Travel across parts of southern Ontario could become difficult as bouts of lake effect snow plague the region this weekend. But what's more concerning is a new weather system that's quickly approaching; one that has the potential to bring "significant snow" early next week.

Starting early Friday, an intensifying low will bring wet snow to various parts of the province, from 5 cm in southern Ontario to 10 cm in Georgian Bay cottage country. Wind gusts of up to 60 kilometres per hour will also blow the snow around, causing whiteout conditions (particularly along parts of Hwy. 400 and downtown Toronto).

These conditions are expected to continue over the weekend. Dr. Doug Gilham, a staff meteorologist for The Weather Network, says that temperatures will be similar to those typical of late February and early March, which are colder than seasonal.

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Significant snow threat next week

Another system will approach southern Ontario on Monday that, based on new models, could bring even more snow to the region.

"It is possible that this system will pass too far south to have an impact on our region. However, some models do bring significant snow into southern Ontario, so we will continue to closely monitor this system and post regular updates," Gilham reports.

Colder-than-normal temperatures will also persist throughout the middle of next week, with warmer temperatures likely not showing up until May.

"It looks like the second half of April will bring back and forth swings in temperature (typical of spring) but the final numbers will tip to the cold side of seasonal," Gilham adds.

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