Drivers are being warned about disastrous travel conditions this week, as intense Ontario snow squalls make their way across the province. According to The Weather Network, wandering lake-effect snow bands, which are produced when a cold air mass moves across long expanses of warmer lake water, are expected to cause severe travel issues across Southern Ontario this week.

A significant temperature drop is also predicted to bring wind chill values into the minus double digits, so be sure to layer up this week as it is going to be freezing.

Environment Canada warned that the snowstorms are expected to significantly reduce travellers' visibility, thanks to a combination of heavy and blowing snow.

The snow will also accumulate quickly as a powerful snow squall band sweeps across the region.

So, it’s not exactly going to be a great time for holding hands and getting hot chocolate with your significant other.

The Weather Network warns that areas across Fort Erie will get up to 20 cm of snow. On top of that, reduced visibility is expected and will cause hazardous driving conditions.

"The snow squall will likely continue to move slowly northward this morning then move southward and out of the region this afternoon,” read a warning from the weather agency.

Drivers are also being warned that travelling is expected to be dangerous due to reduced visibility in parts of southern Ontario, including the eastern GTA throughout Thursday. 

Thankfully, conditions are supposed to improve throughout the day on Thursday; the snowstorm is expected to weaken and temperatures should bump back up to seasonal.

"A moisture-laden system tracking along the east coast of the U.S. will bring widespread rain showers to southern Ontario on Saturday. However, the rain could mix with some ice and snow across the higher terrain to the northwest of the GTA during the morning," explained Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

Last week, GTA drivers were warned to stay off the roads after receiving 40 calls for collisions in three hours on Thursday morning.

York Regional Police told motorists to allow themselves a snow day if possible to help fight the growing number of accidents on local highways.


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