Snow, rain and another deep freeze are all forecast for this week, as temperatures rose Monday, ending a nearly two-week cold snap and delivering London yet another grinding and snowbound morning commute.
The snow began falling Sunday night and kept falling — even as temperatures rose — creating a blanket of heavy, sticky and ultimately slippery snow. The weather triggered school bus cancellations and made thousands late on the first day back to school from the Christmas break.
By Monday afternoon Environment Canada recorded snowfall totals of 15 cm which, when combined with much warmer temperatures, turned shovelling the driveway into a back-breaking chore.
"I like snow, I don't like today though," said high school student Mack Baker, who because of cancelled school buses, stayed home to shovel the driveway of the family home with his father in Greg.
'It's too heavy'
"It's too heavy, it's taking too long to do anything," he said, noting he still prefers Monday's relatively balmy temperatures to the cold snap that's gripped the region since Boxing Day.
"I'd rather it be snowy than cold and snowy," he said.
While main arterial roads were mostly clear by Monday afternoon, many of the smaller streets that wind through the city's residential neighbourhoods were still choked with snow, making some suburban streets virtually impassable.
"It doesn't make it easy to move kids around that's for sure," said a local mother named Kristen, dragging her three children, aged two, four and six on a toboggan along Edgehill Crescent in London's Whitehills neighbourhood.
Rain forecast for late Wednesday
Without ploughing, the small suburban street had become a snowy morass of tire tracks nearly unpassable for small children and not much better for adults.
"I've actually really enjoyed it, it's been a while since we've had snow that's came and stuck around, so I've been having fun aside from right this minute," she said.
Temperatures will continue to climb into Wednesday before they reach their peak of 6 C on Thursday, according to Environment Canada, which also predicts rain beginning late Wednesday and continuing into Thursday night.
"I think it could be pretty messy," said Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson Monday, noting the snow accumulations on the ground may mitigate the potential for flooding.
"There's a tonne of snow on the ground and that could help in some cases, but folks should know where their catch basins are so they can hack those out," he said.
After that, another round of winter is on the way as a potent storm system passes through the Great Lakes basin, brushing up against London's northern edge.
Snow is expected to spread through southwestern Ontario beginning Friday night or early Saturday morning and won't let up until Saturday night as temperatures plunge again to minus 8 C.
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