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A powerful storm dealt Southern Ontario its first real blast of winter this season, then moved into southern Quebec on Tuesday, with meteorologists expecting it to hit Atlantic Canada later in the day. Here's what you need to know

Winter finally hits Toronto, but don’t worry, it’s not expected to last



The system that hit Ontario on Tuesday morning moved into Canada from the United States, where it had spawned deadly tornadoes in Texas over the weekend. "This particular messy mix of precipitation, the snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, rain, really is the first taste of winter for a lot of southern Ontario," Geoff Coulson, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, told The Canadian Press.

The conditions made for a slow commute as motorists dealt with slick roads and slushy sidewalks. Ontario Provincial Police said they had responded to more than 300 collisions since the storm began.

Snow gave way to rain in many areas, including the Toronto region, by Tuesday morning. While Southwestern Ontario was expected to see periods of rain for the rest of the day, freezing rain warning remained in effect for areas north and northeast of Toronto. Meanwhile, in eastern and central Ontario, including the Ottawa valley, North Bay and the Sudbury areas, colder temperatures meant heavy snow was in the forecast, said Coulson.


The storm system was making its way into southern Quebec, where a number of winter storm warnings were in effect on Tuesday. Montreal was expected to see between 15 and 40 centimetres of snow by Tuesday evening, while the Greater Montreal area, the Laurentians and the Eastern Townships were expected to get 30 to 40 centimetres of snow.

Mike Stefanakis shovels his driveway in Saint Lazare, west of Montreal.

Mike Stefanakis shovels his driveway in Saint Lazare, west of Montreal.


A car is shown in a ditch in Saint Lazare, west of Montreal, on Dec. 29, 2015.

A car is shown in a ditch in Saint Lazare, west of Montreal, on Dec. 29, 2015.



Snowfall warnings were in effect for southern parts of Nova Scotia and southern parts of New Brunswick, some of which had already been hit by up to 18 centimetres of snow on Sunday. A snowfall warning was in effect for Halifax, while a winter storm watch was in place for Fredericton.

Remember how bad Moncton’s winter was last year? Here’s a drone’s-eye view of the snowfall