Environment Canada says 'significant' snowfall possible for Christmas Day


Between 1 and 2 inches of rain has fallen across the region, including parts of Central and Western Massachusetts.

Wind gusts of 40 to 45 miles per hour are likely, which will lead to a very blustery type of late December day.

While the city saw steady rainfall for much of the day, it began changing to freezing rain and then snow in the evening.

The wind advisory for the shore has been upgraded to a high wind warning in Monmouth, Ocean, southeastern Burlington, Atlantic, Cape May counties.

"Several centimetres of snowfall accumulation will be possible Thursday night through Friday morning, which is Christmas morning", said Environment Canada. A few flurries will be possible this morning but expect to see some sunshine today as well. Power outages are also a worry.

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Areas near Lake Huron, including London, Sarnia and Waterloo, are under a snow squall watch as steady winds could see upwards of 30 cm of snow in some areas.

The same storm system produced severe thunderstorms with two tornadoes reported in Virginia and a third reported in North Carolina.

Rain should wind down on Christmas morning but temperatures will drop sharply during the afternoon - falling into the 30s by about 5 p.m. Overnight it's cool with lows in the teens with partly cloudy to mainly clear skies. Sunday will be a bit warmer with highs in some areas flirting with 40.

That's when temperatures will fall from the mid 50s to the low 40s, with wind-chill values making it feel even colder.