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Snow squalls, freezing weather ahead for London area

Get ready for snow squalls and even colder temperatures on Sunday, with poor visibility and difficult driving conditions for the London area.

Wind chills could be close to -35 C on Sunday night, meteorologist says

Snow squalls are expected to cause difficult driving conditions on Sunday. (Kate Dubinski/CBC)

Get ready for snow squalls and even colder temperatures on Sunday, with poor visibility and difficult driving conditions for the London area.

Saturday's snowfall is expected to finish late tonight or early Sunday with five to 10 cm on the ground, said Environment Canada meteorologist Steven Filsfeder.

But snow squalls will start soon after, he said, beginning west of London on Sunday morning and moving into the city that afternoon.

Expect near-zero visibility at times in blowing and drifting snow, said Environment Canada in a statement.

The snow squalls should continue into Sunday night and taper off by Monday morning, Filsfeder said.

The squalls will vary, he said, but some areas may see 15 to 20 cm of snow on the ground by the end of the day.

'Extremely cold' conditions

Gusty winds mean "extremely cold" conditions ahead, said Filsfeder. Wind chill temperatures will be in the mid -20s to -30 C Saturday night, and around -25 C on Sunday, he said.

It will be even colder Sunday night, he said, with -30 C wind chills, possibly closer to -35, he said.

Environment Canada is warning about a risk of frostbite.

Bundle up! It's going to get even colder in London on Sunday. (Bernard Graham/CBC)

"Everybody should make sure that they stay warm" and limit outdoor activity, said Filsfeder.

While it may be fairly sunny in places that aren't caught in a snowband, you'll still need to dress for the cold, he said.

Be cautious on the streets this weekend. Roads may be hard to drive on due to snow, and the agency encourages people to stay home if possible.

"Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably," said Environment Canada. "Changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. 

Snow on the ground in London on Saturday. (Kate Dubinski/CBC )

A snowstorm has swept parts of southern Ontario this weekend. 

Ontario Provincial Police responded to over 80 collisions in the southwestern Ontario region on Saturday. Drivers are being asked to use extra caution on highways this weekend.

Meteorologist Peter Kimbell says the cold weather is particularly hard for vulnerable populations, such as the homeless and will be Sunday and into Sunday night.

"Please bundle up and check up in any people who are possibly vulnerable to the cold," he said.

Public Safety Canada encourages people to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit that includes drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.