Sunday soaker with powerful wind gusts as fall storm moves in

Once the system moves off, the lake effect snow machine might fire up

One of those classic fall storms that can whip up the Great Lakes in November will bring rain and strong winds to the region on Sunday.

While the rain arrived overnight, the showpiece of this strengthening low pressure system will be the wind, with strongest gusts during the afternoon and tonight.

Wind warnings are up for the Midland and Coldwater area, as well as Port Carling, Port Severn, Rosseau and Parry Sound, with gusts to 90 km/h, possibly 100 km/h. Elsewhere, the wind will be in the 70 km/h to 80 km/h range.

Environment Canada says the stronger gusts will be confined to those areas that are more exposed to the wind coming off Georgian Bay.

If you like a bit of wave action, forecasters say the wind will whip up 4 metre waves on Georgian Bay, and they could reach 6 metres on Lake Erie.

The wind will back off on Monday as the system moves away, but there will be enough kick to generate lake effect flurries, with some places getting a dusty to 5 cm of snow.

A better chance of snow squalls for Tuesday. Environment Canada says it’s still too early to pinpoint amounts and where the squalls will hit.