If you are feeling bummed out by all this Ontario snowfall, you better buckle up because it's about to get a whole lot worse. According to The Weather Network, dangerous localized snowstorms are going to wreak havoc in southern Ontario this week, bringing as much as 40 cm of snow to some areas. 

Dropping temperatures and slippery surfaces have already caused several accidents along the 400 Highways, but overall snowfall remains light Thursday morning. However, a more dangerous onslaught of the white stuff is expected to hit Friday in Ontario’s traditional Snowbelt areas.

"We've had dustings of snow, but this by far, is posing a serious threat if you're travelling in the region," explained Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton. "Even though things go seemingly calm through the early afternoon on Thursday, what's lurking over the shores of Lake Huron starts to drift towards Grand Bend, Strathroy, and London late Thursday evening."

Reduced visibility and longer travel times are expected along the stretches of Highway 401 and 402 in the London area, thanks to a mixture of heavy snow and strong winds. Total snowfall in London is expected to reach a whopping 30 cm by Friday afternoon.

"Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common," Environment Canada warned. "Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions."

According to Environment Canada, the gusts are forecasted to develop off Lake Huron this evening before intensifying overnight on Thursday and bringing substantial amounts of snowfall by Friday morning.

While the GTA won't be hit quite as bad as those on the Snowbelt, they can still buckle in for a snowy ride. The Weather Network states that areas around the GTA can still expect to see flurries. 

Toronto is expected to be hit with even more snow on Monday, bringing 2-4 cm more.  

On the bright side, daytime highs in Ontario are expected to climb above freezing. However, you’ll barely be able to tell thanks to the wind chill.

Sadly, all of us who were holding onto that idea that maybe winter would take it easy on us this year are in for a rude awakening this Friday. Dress warm, everybody. It's going to be a long one.


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