Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the GTA, including Toronto, warning of the potential of 10 centimetres of snow by Tuesday morning.

The special weather statement is in effect for:

  • City of Toronto
  • Halton – Peel
  • Vaughan – Richmond Hill – Markham
  • Pickering – Oshawa – Southern Durham Region
  • Niagara
  • City of Hamilton
  • Kitchener – Cambridge – Region of Waterloo
  • Guelph – Erin – Southern Wellington County
  • Goderich – Bluewater – Southern Huron County
  • Stratford – Mitchell – Southern Perth County
  • Windsor – Essex – Chatham-Kent
  • Sarnia – Lambton
  • Elgin
  • London – Middlesex
  • Simcoe – Delhi – Norfolk
  • Dunnville – Caledonia – Haldimand
  • Oxford – Brant

According to the weather agency, a system from the U.S. Northern Plains states will head into southwestern Ontario starting late Monday afternoon bringing with it snow and strong gusty winds.

The system is expected to arrive in the Golden Horseshoe area by late Monday evening.

Environment Canada said most areas in the special weather statement could receive five to 10 centimetres of snow.

Local blowing snow is expected due to the strong winds, and drivers are being advised to exercise extra caution due to accumulating snow and reduced visibility.

The weather agency said the snow will taper off by Tuesday morning.

Monday’s forecast for Toronto and the GTA calls for sunshine, then increasing late afternoon cloud, with a high of -5 C, according to 680News metereologist Harold Hosein. He said snow will start early in the evening, with eight centimetres of snow overnight and into Tuesday morning.

Click here for the forecast.

Meantime, the City of Toronto has cancelled the extreme cold weather alert that was issued on Monday for the city.