Environment Canada is warning residents of an area stretching from northern Lake Huron, southeast to the Barrie region to expect some heavy local snowfall today.

In a warning issued early Monday morning, Environment Canada said a snow squall extending across the Bruce Peninsula may become stationary through the day. Combined with a second stalled squall extending southeast from Georgian Bay, the agency is calling for 15 centimetres of snow to accumulate in some areas by the evening.

"Snowfall amounts may reach or exceed 20 cm if the snow squalls remain stationary for more than a few hours today," the agency warned.

Besides the likelihood of slippery conditions, the warning notes that drivers should expect near-zero visibility at times.

The forecast calls for continuing bands of lake effect snow through the day, with some weakening possible overnight.

According to the Weather Network's top forecaster, this winter will likely bring a return of the snow many Canadians have missed in recent years.

"We'll get more winter this year than we did last year," the network's director of meteorology Chris Scott said Monday.

Predicting winter weather conditions more in line with historical averages, Scott suggested most of Atlantic Canada, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes regions should brace for more of the white stuff this year than last.