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When will Toronto get its first snowfall of the season?

It's an annual debate that happens at the end of October in Toronto, when will the first snow come and induce our Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

For 2022, it appears that there is a two-week difference in when the white stuff first falls, so if you're placing bets this year you might want to read on.

According to the long-range weather forecast for Toronto, the Farmer's Almanac predicts "rainy periods mixed with snow," for November 1 to November 4, and cold flurries for November 5 to November 8.

Technically this means the first snow could come in early November but for a major weather event? Well, that's where things get a little fuzzy.

November 15 to November 22 is listed as having "snowy" periods while November 26 to November 30 is described as just being plain ol' "snowy, cold."

Last year, the first major snowfall came on November 28 with snow accumulation of up to 5 centimetres. In 2020, the city saw one of its earliest snowfalls ever with 20 centimetres dumped on November 22.

That same forecast states this winter will be "colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall."

The snowiest periods in Toronto will be in late November, early December and mid-January so that means you should be grabbing your boots, puffers and wool sweaters out of storage right now.

A winter weather advisory was already issued for parts of Ontario 10 days ago, cautioning motorists to drive slowly as the snow falls. 

As we progress further into November a clearer picture of when the snow is coming will be forecasted, but for now, put your bets on a major winter event for the end of the month.

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