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Snow storm moving through southern Ontario

A mixed bag of precipitation in store for the GTA

We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out if spring will come early this year, but if you take a look outside it doesn't seem like Old Man winter will be letting up any time soon.

A storm from the southern U.S. is settling over southern Ontario Saturday, bringing with it snow and possibly freezing rain.

"The worst of the storm should be over by the early morning hours on Sunday - maybe a few lingering flurries first thing on Sunday morning," says Environment Canada's Geoff Coulson.

Most of the GTA is under a special weather statement that says we can expect 5 to 10 cm of snow, but as the temperature hovers around the freezing mark, we'll see a mixed bag of percipitation into the night.

"We could see some freezing rain late this afternoon and early this evening and then we are still anticipating a change over from snow to rain into the evening hours," says Coulson.

As the temperature dips back below zero, that's expected to change back into snow.

Areas farther north are expecting more snow. Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, northern York and Durham regions, Caledon, Newmarket, Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia, Midland, Dufferin County are under a snowfall warning. Those areas are likely to see about 15 cm of snow, possibly up to 20 cm.

For those who don't like snow, this hasn't been a great winter.

"Not just for the Toronto area but for southern Ontario, we're well ahead of where we should be snowfall-wise," says Coulson, adding that the cold temperatures has meant the white stuff is sticking around.

Coulson says they're tracking another U.S. storm. "That is looking like another potential snowfall event for southern Ontario Tuesday night into Wednesday morning."

And don't get too comfortable with these milder temperatures. "We are going to go back to colder than normal conditions for the next number of days," he says. "February will continue the trend of being colder than normal, but perhaps not the same depth of cold that we saw during the month of January."

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