The GTA is getting an early taste of winter, with a sub-zero wind chill Thursday morning and snow north of the city.
A special weather statement was issued by Environment Canada for parts of the GTA and beyond, including northern York and Durham regions, Newmarket, Huron-Perth and Barrie. That statement has since been lifted.
A winter-like wake-up in the GTA with snow in some areas. This is what it is like in Newmarket. This first snowfall is about 3 weeks earlier then last year. Will be all melted by tomorrow. Still should be a few weeks til 416 area gets first flakes. pic.twitter.com/8QoWhb097o
— carl hanstke (@carl680) October 18, 2018
While you may have lamented having to get out that winter hat so early into fall, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said it’s not rare to get snow in October.
“In fact today and for the next four days in history there was measurable snow in October,” she explained.
“On Oct. 23, 1969, there was no new snow but already eight centimetres on the ground.”
Last year, the GTA didn’t get into the colder air, flurries and snow squalls until Nov. 9 and 10, according to Taylor.
But the taste of winter weather won’t last long — milder air is on the way.
“Looks like the next possible snow for this year and for Toronto will not occur until sometime in November,” Taylor said.
— Amir Khan Zai (@Zai0902) October 18, 2018
It sounds like some parts of the GTHA may get some winter weather. Be sure to brush off your vehicle and your winter driving skills. Leave extra time and #slowdown. @CAASCO has lots of tips and reminders for you ^bm https://t.co/RXfbPPdtYk pic.twitter.com/ogkplScXSl
— TPS Traffic Services (@TrafficServices) October 18, 2018