It's November and southern parts of the province had to deal with wintry weather during their Halloween night. Although Canadian winter is totally unpredictable, the cold weather looks like it's going to hit a little harder this year than last. The Ontario winter forecast is here and we've broken down what it is going to look like across the province for the rest of the year.

It's been hotly discussed that southern Ontario is expected to get a whole lot of snow in the not-too-distant future in the GTA region. While that wave will miss some parts of Toronto, others might not be so lucky. 

According to AccuWeather, the first snowfall will hit Toronto on November 9 but we won't see it again until the end of the month, leading into December. Nonetheless, the thought of snow hitting the region is just as ominous as having to change your Halloween plans because of a crazy Ontario storm.

The Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg says "snow will also continue to reach the western and northern edges of the Greater Toronto Area."

The Old Farmers Almanac released their long-range forecast for the provinces, and southern Ontario and southern Quebec can expect to face the brunt of it.

The southern Ontario forecast encompasses cities including Barrie, Cobourg, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, North Bay, Oshawa, Sarnia, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Windsor.

According to the Almanac forecast, this region should expect the first snowfall, in a mix with rain, to arrive in the week of November 5 to 11, then again in the weeks leading up to the end of the month. It doesn't look like it'll be white and fluffy, though. Think more grey and slushy.

For the month of December, we're going to pretty much see constant alternating between snow and rain. "Heavy snow" will hit the central area of southern Ontario in the first few days of the month, returning in showers and flurries later on. And it seems it'll be raining pretty much up until the holidays.

So, if you expected to have a very white Christmas, that may not be the case. Even up until the New Year, it may be a wet and slushy one.

Although not a lot of snow is expected in most parts of the GTA, there may be significant snowfall in select areas including Orangeville and the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

"So, anyone without snow tires, remember to practice safe, winter driving," advises TWN's Sonnenburg.

Meanwhile, the Almanac's forecast for southern Quebec also included Ontario cities such as Belleville, Brockville, Cornwall, Kanata, Kingston, Ottawa, Pembroke, and Petawawa.

November in this area, as expected, will be rainy for sure. There will also be some snow flurries through the second half of the month in certain areas.

If you were hoping for some more snow, the kind that allows you to get out on a sled, the first few days of December is your time to shine in eastern southern Ontario. The start of the month will have some of the heavy white stuff falling, though even that may turn into rain.

But, in the week of December 10-18, the Almanac predicts a snowstorm, just to add to the mix.

Interesting to note is that across southern Ontario and pushing east towards Quebec, temperatures are generally expected to be slightly above the seasonal average.

But there could still be some sharp spells of Arctic air, so brace yourselves. It looks like it's time to bring out those winter boots and coats you've so happily put away just last year.


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