UPDATE: Monday's snow a sign of things to come: Weather Network

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Get ready for winter this year.

Cornwall woke up to three or four centimetres of snow Monday morning, and meteorologists suggest it's just a taste of what's on the way.

The Weather Network has issued its winter forecast for the looming season, which suggests the Cornwall area will miss what could be some downright nasty conditions in the western reaches of Ontario.

Meteorologists are suggesting western Ontario will experience colder temperatures than normal with an increased likelihood of more snow.

The good news? It's not us.

Those same meteorologists say eastern Ontario will likely experience a normal winter - which still means freezing temperatures and snow - just not as much as some others.

“We are likely to get more of a winter this year than what Mother Nature delivered last year, but it won’t necessarily be brutal either,” said Chris Scott, Director of Meteorology with The Weather Network. “Last winter’s tame conditions were unusual; whereas this year it’s unlikely your snowbrushes and shovels will have a chance to collect dust.”

Dayna Vettese, a meterologist at The Weather Network, told Seaway News in an interview North America is in a "neutral" time period concerning the El Nino/La Nina cycle, which contributes to the forecast model.

"There isn't oo much in the way of an effect from those two things," she said. "Things should remain fairly typical (in eastern Ontario)."

She said Cornwall and area can expect between 140 and 150 cm of snow this winter, which is well within the normal range.

Dayytime highs should average out at about minus three degrees, and overnight lows will drop into the minus teens.

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