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Ontario Storm Will See November Hit Hard With Strong Winds Late This Week

Ontario's had some pretty crazy weather in recent weeks. From high winds to flash-flood rain and most weather in between, it's been hard to predict how fall will progress across the province. If you were hoping the wild conditions were coming to an end, you'll have to think again, as an Ontario storm is coming to bring more misery.

Your Halloween is about to get messy with storms sweeping through Ontario into next month to end this already unpleasant October on a particularly rainy note.

After heavy rain and strong winds hit parts of Ontario this most recent weekend, pouring down on pre-Halloween festivities, you're still not safe from storms hitting the region. In fact, the spooky night itself looks an absolute mess.

According to The Weather Network, rain and ahead-of-schedule snow threaten Thursday, October 31 across the province. But arguably more concerning is that a pretty huge wind storm is going to rock up the GTA to end off this week. 

"Periods of soaking rain are likely on Thursday combined with a raw east wind," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "We could see some rain-free periods during the day, but at this point, it looks like we will have wet weather for trick-or-treating during the early evening."

How grim your Halloween will be is going to depend on where in Ontario you live.

While the southern areas will be wet and windy, if you're in northern Ontario, it may be time to dust off those winter jackets you've had stored away for a while. A big winter-like storm is threatening to bring some heavy snow into the region and into Friday's first day of November.

You can expect this storm to hit harder in northeastern Ontario communities like Sault Ste. Marie, Chapleau, and Timmins. As much as 20-40 centimetres of snow is expected, blowing and drifting along the Trans-Canada Highway north from Temagami to Kapuskasing, according to Gillham. "This will be a close call for Sudbury, but at this point, it looks like a messy mix with snow and ice likely," he adds.

Friday isn't better, either. Though there'll be lighter snow than the north, southern Ontario will battle some of the cold white stuff by Friday night, according to TWN. And it's in this area around the GTA where the strong winds will be the most worrisome. A strong cold front will bring gusts expected to be between 70 and 120 km/hr throughout November 1.

"Gusts could possibly be higher, especially along the eastern and northeastern shores of the Great Lakes, and there's a threat for tree damage and power outages in areas that see the strongest winds," says Gillham.

So, now you know. Wrap up warm if you'll be out and about on Halloween night, and make sure you're prepared for the wild weather that's about to hit Ontario.

Don't say we didn't warn you!

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