Heading into Christmas, Environment Canada says not to expect much snow or cold weather this year as generally mild air is expected to prevail for our region over the holidays.
Christmas Eve Saturday will see periods of rain ending early in the morning with a high of 3°C.
Christmas Day Sunday will be cloudy with a high of 2°C. Showers are expected to move onto the area in the evening.
On Boxing Day Monday we can expect lots of rain with a warm high of 11°C.
For travellers over the coming days, two main weather systems are expected.
The first is tonight into early Saturday when a fairly moist disturbance from southern California will race towards Southern Ontario. A few hours of snow will likely leave a blanket of fresh snow for many parts of Southern Ontario by Saturday morning, with 5 to possibly 8 centimetres over the higher terrain of the Dundalk Highlands, and less elsewhere.
While Christmas Day will be quiet weather-wise, a Colorado storm is forecast to head towards Northern Ontario for Boxing Day. This will bring rain and near record mild temperatures Monday. It will likely start as some freezing rain for areas well north of Lake Ontario into Central Ontario as well as Eastern Ontario. Freezing rain warnings may be required as the event approaches.