December 28, 2015 9:52 am
Updated: December 29, 2015 12:31 am

Special weather statement issued for southern Ontario, winter storm warning for southern Quebec

WATCH ABOVE: GTA gets hit with its first winter storm. Ashley Carter reports.


TORONTO – Environment Canada has ended the winter storm watch it issued Sunday for southern Ontario, however, it says a special weather statement remains in effect.

The agency says a weather system originating in Texas is expected to bring snow mixed with ice pellets Monday night, which will then change to rain before Tuesday morning.

The latest forecast says some areas could get five to 10 centimetres of snow, as well as ice pellets.

WATCH: Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell’s winter weather forecast for GTA

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“Snow begins around the GTA during the news hour and quickly becomes heavy,” said Global News chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell.

“There will be about 10 cm on the ground by 11 p.m. news with a transition to ice pellets and some freezing rain overnight followed by rain showers for the morning commute with pockets of ice north and west GTA.”

Farnell said Toronto will see the snow and rain mix end by the morning rush hour.

Last night’s forecast had warned of snowfall amounts of as much as 30 centimetres in some areas.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for other parts of Ontario and southern Quebec, including Montreal, where “hazardous winter conditions are expected,” according to the Environment Canada website.

Total snowfall there could be up to 35 centimetres.

Farnell said this is the same system that caused more than 40 deaths from flooding and tornadoes in the southern United States.

The system also caused blizzard conditions in western Texas over the weekend.

It will be first significant snowfall of the year for the Ontario and Quebec region, which has so far seen unseasonably warm temperatures.

Elsewhere in the country, the Maritimes saw as much as 20 centimetres throughout parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as their first storm blew through the region on Sunday. In British Columbia, many areas saw snow over the Christmas holiday, which is unusual for the region.

It’s resulted in a warning from Avalanche Canada urging skiers in the Sea-to-Sky corridor (the region just north of Vancouver) to take precautions on the mountains.

READ MORE: Moncton digging out after snowstorm

With files from Global’s Rebecca Joseph. 

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