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Winter weather system on the way

10 cm of snow is expected to fall Sunday night into Monday, affecting commuters and parents sending kids to school
Photo: shovelling snow / Shutterstock

Love it or hate it, snow is on the way to Waterloo Region.

As of Friday, 10 centimetres is expected to fall Sunday night into Monday, impacting commuters and parents sending kids off to school Monday morning.

Gerald Chang, a meteorologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada is advising people leave extra time.

"And of course, dress appropriately. Even during this weekend, it's going to be a cold weekend, so put layers on. Cover those exposed skin---the hands, the extremities with gloves and hats. That will certainly help over this weekend, and of course, prepare for slippery roads Monday morning because the snow will be there," he said. 

Chang said this is due to a weather system developing in the southwest United States.

"It's able to scoop down towards the Gulf of Mexico, just hovering along the Gulf of Mexico coast, and it's able to scoop up moisture from there," he explained.

"As it travels along the eastern seaboard, it's able to scoop more moisture from the Atlantic. We are on the north and west side of the storm, on the cold side of the system, and that's why we'll be getting more snow."

If the system tracks further north, there could be more snow. If the system pushers further south or east, that means less snow for Waterloo Region, as well as Guelph.

Chang said meteorologists are also keeping an eye out for wind speed, which could result in blowing snow, and reduce driving visibility even more. 

Environment Canada has also issued an extreme cold warning on Friday that covers the region and much of southern Ontario. 

It's warning frostbite can develop within minutes, if skin is exposed. 

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