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Good morning Barrie! Big temperature swings for Christmas

Brisk Christmas Day then rain, near record mild temps
dec 24
Felt like spring in the sun along the shore yesterday. We'll most likely have a white Christmas but then expect a a big melt on Monday. Sue Sgambati/BarrieToday

Special weather statement in effect.

Periods of snow ending early this morning then mainly cloudy with chance of rain showers or flurries, high plus 3.

Mainly cloudy Christmas Eve, clearing overnight and the low -9.

Christmas Day will have mostly sunny skies but colder with a high -6.

Big temperature swing for Boxing Day with periods of rain and the high plus 10.

Here are the details of the special weather statement:

3:50 AM EST Saturday 24 December 2016

Special weather statement in effect for:

• Barrie - Collingwood - Hillsdale

• Midland - Coldwater - Orr Lake

• Orillia - Lagoon City - Washago

Mother Nature seems to be at odds with Santa and Old Man Winter this holiday season, as generally mild air is expected to prevail for most regions over the holidays.

For travellers over the coming days, two main weather systems are expected.

The first will exit the province today as wet snow in some areas will leave the ground white.

A few areas may experience some freezing rain mainly early this morning.

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 for a lot of Southern Ontario.

It will likely start as some freezing rain or ice pellets 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.

On behalf of the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre, have a safe and happy holiday.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports to #ONStorm.