Ontarians who were hoping that 2019 would be one of those blessed years in the province where we don’t see snow until December are officially out of luck. Southern Ontario weather is going to bring in those new winter vibes on Friday as showers return to the region through the overnight hours. According to The Weather Network, some southern spots of the province will see a transition from rain to wet snow ahead of the weekend.
Thankfully, the snowy weather is expected to miss the Toronto downtown core but, according to Weather Network Meteorologist Doug Gillham, "wet snow is likely across the higher elevations north and west of the GTA, including Orangeville and the Kitchener and Waterloo region," throughout Friday.
While those in the south are expected to see some wet snow throughout Friday, they aren't the only ones that are under threat of snow. A snowfall warning has been issued further north, where a winter-like storm is threatening over 20 cm of snow, especially for areas near the Quebec border.
The snow is expected to take a turn for the worse on Thursday night, bringing a potential for ice pellets in the North Bay area.
"Hazardous winter driving conditions are expected Thursday night," warned Environment Canada. "Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow."
It also doesn’t look like Halloween in the GTA is going to be the best. While no snow is in the forecast for Thursday night in Toronto, trick-or-treaters might want to bring an umbrella, because it’s going to be a wet one.
According to Special Weather Announcement, rainfall of up to 15 to 30 mm is expected this Thursday marking a total of 30 to 50 mm by late evening. In addition to the showers, strong wind gusts of 70 or 80 km/h are plaguing Thursday evening into Friday morning.
However, the bad weather doesn't just stop at the end of this week. According to the Weather Network, "Colder than average temperatures will lock in for at least the first week of November, with a threat for significant lake-effect snow in the traditional Snowbelt."
So make sure to unpack your jackets and mitts Ontarians, because it looks like winter is about to hit.