It is going to be a messy commute for Ontario drivers this morning. According to The Weather Network, heavy snowfall is expected to affect southern Ontario travel times on Monday as a system tracks through the region.
A combination of 60 km/h winds and 10 to 15 centimetres of snow will make for unsettled conditions along Lake Huron and Georgian Bay at the beginning of the week.
The GTA is also expected to be hit by flurries on Monday with light snowfall expected to persist for central and eastern Ontario through the evening.
Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the OPP reported multiple snow-related accidents on Sunday evening, including a rollover involving a transport truck near Meadowvale.
The accidents, which occurred on Highway 401, caused all express lanes to be blocked and resulted in one person being taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The strong winds responsible for driving the lake-effect snow bands are predicted to hold steady through Monday evening, with some gusts peaking at 50-70 km/h in southern Ontario before eventually winding down overnight.
Thankfully, the snowy conditions will improve slightly on Monday evening.
However, the improved conditions won’t last long as another messy system will move into the province on Tuesday afternoon, bringing another round of light snow.
Flurries are expected to continue until Wednesday morning.
Temperatures are supposed to get a big boost later in the week leading to some unseasonable warmth, but I wouldn't get too excited as you’re probably going to have to keep an umbrella handy.
Unfortunately, there is still a chance that Ontarians could be in for some messy weather this weekend, although we do stand a chance of avoiding it. So, fingers crossed.
"It is possible that the system will completely miss us to the south. However, the pattern and several models show a risk for a messy mix, including a threat for significant freezing rain, ice pellets, and snow across our region," Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham explains.