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Bundle up, Toronto: Arctic cold front to sweep snow across GTA

A special weather statement has been issued by Environment Canada forecasting the season’s first significant snowfall.

A pedestrian walks in front of backed-up TTC street cars on Queens St. west in front of Toronto City Hall, February 2, 2015. On Monday, Ontarians can brace for a snowfall of 5 to 10 centimetres.

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A pedestrian walks in front of backed-up TTC street cars on Queens St. west in front of Toronto City Hall, February 2, 2015. On Monday, Ontarians can brace for a snowfall of 5 to 10 centimetres.

It’s time to dig out your shovel — despite a fairly mild start to December, winter weather is finally in the forecast.

An arctic cold front moving across southern Ontario is expected to sweep snow across the region, beginning late Sunday, according to a special release from Environment Canada. A high of -1 C is expected, along with 30 km/h winds that could gust up to 50 km/h.

On Monday, Ontarians can brace for a snowfall of 5 to 10 centimetres. Significant snowfall is set to begin during the day on Monday, slowing into Monday night. The high will be -3 C, with cloudy periods starting in the morning.

More snow is expected throughout the week, with a chance of flurries Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday’s forecast shows a mix of sun and clouds, but a high of only -6 C.

This will be the first significant snowfall this winter. Commuters should take extra care to ensure their vehicles are prepped: Pack a snow brush, stock up on wiper fluid, and be prepared to tack extra travel time onto your commute in case of rapidly changing conditions.

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