Ontario: Wild mix of heavy snow, freezing rain, strong winds to end the week

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Ontario: Wild mix of heavy snow, freezing rain, strong winds to end the week

Aside from a few streamers of lake-effect snow, Ontario will largely see a less unsettled Friday, though with cold temperatures to lead us into the weekend, and point the way to the next bout with unsettled weather. What's ahead, below.

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Temperatures drop through Friday after peaking overnight
  • Possible lake-effect snow in the traditional snowbelt areas Friday
  • New system to clip the province Saturday night
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

WATCH BELOW: TIMING THE MESSY COLORADO LOW

The system which brought heavy snow to parts of the north and showers to the south will largely be finished with the province by Friday morning, exiting overnight into Quebec.

Only in the most eastern parts of Ontario is there any rain likely to fall Friday morning, and even that will be short-lived. In the north, snowfall warnings will have dropped overnight, with the heaviest snow tapered off.

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Behind the departing system, winds quickly shift out of the northwest, with gusts up to 60+ km/h possible throughout the day. Weak lake-effect snow showers are expected southeast of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, bringing a few centimetres of snow to the traditional snowbelts.

Temperature-wise, the warm front will bring temperatures that will have actually peaked overnight when most Ontarians were still in bed, followed quickly by the cold front that will send temperatures plunging by the morning hours.

Temperatures will continue to fall through Friday, with daytime highs hit early in the day and eyes on the next system for the first half of the weekend.

"A system tracking south of the border will clip our region Saturday night and this could bring some wet snow -- possibly mixed with rain -- Saturday night and into Sunday morning, especially south of the 401," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

TYPICAL NOVEMBER PATTERN WILL RETURN

After this brief November "thaw" across southern Ontario this week, the final week of the month looks to bring more typical November conditions with changeable and unsettled weather possible at times. Temperatures are expected to be near seasonal, but then trending colder during the first week of December.

"We're watching the potential for rather wintry weather for December 5 to 15," Gillham adds.

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