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Ontario: Slushy, slippery roads, make for slow commute

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Commuter headaches were the story of Thursday evening across southern Ontario, as the first widespread accumulating snowfall of the season swept through the region. Those heading out Friday morning will need to allow extra time over snowy and slushy roads, with up to 10 cm of wet snow on the grounds in some spots. We're looking at another burst of light, wet snow for some today, but the good news is rising temperatures should make for an easier commute Friday evening. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean we're done with snow for the weekend. More on the timing and impact, plus a look at the fading potential for any milder weather this November, below. 

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • System snow tapering off west to east through Friday; lake-effect streamers linger
  • Weak front brings additional light snow Saturday
  • Lake-effect snow bands present and shifting through weekend
  • December-like cold pattern continues through next week
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WATCH BELOW: HEADING OUT FRIDAY MORNING

FRIDAY'S SLUSHY COMMUTE

After a harrowing commute for many Thursday night, Friday morning's travel will be over slushy and -- in places -- slippery roads. While the snow will continue diminishing to scattered snow showers through the Friday morning commute from the GTA west, it's best to plan for an extra slow drive, especially over untreated roads. And remember to leave extra time to clean off your car.

Much of the Golden Horseshoe and GTA are looking at a lingering mix of rain and snow through the morning hours, as the heaviest snow lingers on in eastern Ontario and the National Capital region. "We'll see light, wet snow mixing along the shores of lakes Ontario and Huron,  and Georgian Bay this afternoon," says Weather Network meteorologist Nadine Hinds-Powell, "and precipitation ending across the GTA." While much of the accumulation with this system is already said and done for central and southwestern Ontario, more is still on the way in the east. "Up to 15 cm total is expected for the Ottawa/Montreal area," says Hinds-Powell.

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If you're hoping to avoid shoveling, rising temperatures through Friday will give you a hand in that respect. "Conditions will be much improved for the evening commute with temperatures rising above freezing during the day," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

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ANOTHER SHOT OF SNOW, LAKE-EFFECT LINGERS

Even once Friday's snow moves on, we're not quite out of the woods for this weekend. A weak cold front drooping down through the region brings the threat of another quick burst of snow on Saturday, particularly over the Huron-Perth region, and potentially reaching the northern GTA. And behind this front, winds will be favourable for continuing lake-effect bands for the weekend, with the snow belts in particular in line to receive a few more centimetres by the time winds shift on Friday.

WATCH BELOW: TRACKING LAKE-EFFECT STREAMERS

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STAYING LOCKED IN THE COLD PATTERN

Weak front or now, we will be back into the northwesterly winds in its wake, and that means chilly temperatures through the weekend, with highs struggling to crack the freezing mark for many. That December-like cold pattern is set to last into next week and hope is quickly fading for the potential for any November warmth. 

"It no longer looks like we will have an extended period of milder weather, and a more wintry pattern is expected to resume as we head into early December," says Gillham. "The first week of December looks like a cold and potentially active period for our region."

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