SNOW THIS WEEK? Don’t change the snow tires just yet

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April showers bring May flowers — and they may also bring snow to southern Ontario this week.

Weather specialists are keeping a close eye on a system that could bring plenty of heavy wet snow to parts of the province by mid-week.

It’s a double whammy situation.

Environment Canada reports that snow is expected to start Tuesday night as temperatures fall below seasonal. Snow may continue for at least part of Wednesday.

Beautiful spring weather on Monday will begin to change by late afternoon as colder weather descends south across the region, likely prompting precipitation.

At the same time, a storm system moving north from the United States will begin to make itself felt Tuesday night in regions just below the Great Lakes.

When that low system meets the cold air in place across the province, snow is the likely result.

It’s too soon to say how much snow and exactly where it will fall, but predictions are a light hit along Lake Ontario’s shoreline and more accumulation to the north and west of Toronto.

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Given the season, it will probably be wet snow.

According to Jessie Uppal, a meteorologist atThe Weather Network, the latest information  suggests “heavier snowfall accumulations for areas north and west of the GTA, along (Hwy.) 400 towards Barrie and into cottage country.”

It’s a bitter pill for gardeners.

Between the lockdown and an early spring this year, many Ontarians have been spending time in the garden, clearing the ground of winter detritus and welcoming spring flowers.

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Tulip trees are opening up in the GTA and flowering fruit trees are budding. Cold weather and snow accumulation will wreak havoc on this growth.

If the direction of the low system moving north changes at all, the heaviest snowfall could be diverted elsewhere — not much consolation to those in its path.

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