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Wintry weather in parts of Ontario affecting weekend holiday commute

Staff writers
December 22, 2012 — With many Ontarians set to celebrate the holiday season this weekend, police officials are warning motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions in some places.

A snowy scene in North Bay, Ontario (courtesy: Jim Middleton)
A snowy scene in North Bay, Ontario (courtesy: Jim Middleton)

Between rain, snow and gusty winds, a large storm moving through Ontario could affect the holiday commute this weekend. 

The system pushed into southern Ontario Thursday bringing rain and freezing rain to some areas throughout the day. 

Toronto picked up 12 mm of rain, while Windsor saw over 15 mm.

In northern and eastern Ontario, residents are digging out. 

On Saturday, thousands of Hydro One customers in eastern Ontario were left without power after heavy, wet snow mixed with high winds hit the region.

Snowfall forecast through Saturday
Snowfall forecast through Saturday

Travellers are encouraged to keep an eye on the forecast and prepare to drive accordingly. 

"Another thing to note is that this is a busy travel time with last minute preparations for the Christmas holidays," says Dayna Vettese, another meteorologist at the Weather Network. "Allow extra time if you're making a trip home or planning to visit family or friends for the holidays." 

To make matters worse, the wind is expected to pick up Friday.

That could result in the formation of snow squalls off Georgian Bay and Lake Huron through Saturday. 

"Winds will begin to change to a northwest direction Friday afternoon with gusts up to 90 km/h possible," adds Dillon. "That could reduce visibility on the roads significantly." 

Winter has taken hold of Quebec as well.

Several winter storm and snowfall warnings have been issued for southern parts of the province, with up to 60 cm of snow expected in some places.

Be sure to check the Alerts section of the website for the latest weather warnings in your area. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV for up-to-date coverage on this storm.

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