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Get ready for the white stuff: Parts of GTA could get snow this weekend

CityNews | posted Friday, Oct 16th, 2015

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Let’s face it, we’ve had it easy for a while when it comes to the weather. That ends now: Brace yourselves for some snow.

A special weather statement has been issued for parts of the GTA calling for lake-effect flurries late Friday night and into Saturday.

Areas covered in the statement include Newmarket, Georgina, northern York Region, and Caledon.

Environment Canada says cold air will make its way into southern Ontario Friday night and last through the weekend. Rain is expected to change over to flurries late Friday and continue into Saturday.

At this point, it’s not yet clear how much snow the GTA will get.

“Should the snow bands remain over a particular location for an extended period, local snowfall amounts could reach 15 centimetres by Saturday afternoon,” the weather agency said in its statement.

Snow squall watches are in effect for some areas outside of the GTA, including Dufferin, Barrie, Owen Sound, and Collingwood.

Environment Canada says snow squalls could develop late Friday night and continue into Saturday. The affected areas could see up to 15 centimetres of snow by Saturday afternoon.

Click here to see if your area is affected.

And what can Toronto expect on Friday and into the weekend?

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor says it will be cloudy on Friday with a few showers and a high of 12 C. There’s a chance of flurries overnight as the temperature drops to 1 C.

Taylor says accumulating snow is possible over higher elevations like northern York Region, Orangeville and areas near southern Georgian Bay.

It will be a cold one on Saturday and Sunday in the GTA with a low of near -1 C. There’s a chance of early-morning flurries on Sunday.

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