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Snow showers, squalls continue in southern Ontario


Local amounts could be as high as 10 cm in parts of the southwest.
Local amounts could be as high as 10 cm in parts of the southwest.

Staff writers

April 2, 2013 — A second day of snow squalls and distinctly un-spring-like temperatures is in store.

Sudden snow squalls could drive down visibility on southern Ontario roads. (courtesy: Sue Forsyth)
Sudden snow squalls could drive down visibility on southern Ontario roads. (courtesy: Sue Forsyth)

People in southern Ontario are waking up to a second day of chilly temperatures and snow squalls.

Communities along Lake Huron and in the southwest are expected to see the heaviest snowfall. Snow squall watches or warnings were in place in that region early Tuesday morning, and forecasters were warning of heavy flurries in the Waterloo-Wellington region.

"The lake-effect snow will probably continue on-and-off for the better part of the day," Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler said.

Local amounts of 5 to 10 cm are  possible across much of the southwest, although snow squalls or flurries could stretch into the Golden Horseshoe and further east along the Lake Ontario shore.

Drivers should exercise caution, as snow squalls can drastically reduce visibility with little warning.

Ontario Provincial Police reported at least three collisions on Highway 402 west of London -- one involving a tractor trailer. No serious injuries were reported, but police warned drivers to watch out for icy conditions.

Keep a safe distance between the vehicle in front of you, or plan your trip ahead of time using an advisor like www.travelersnetwork.com.

Below seasonal temperatures will add to an uncomfortable wake-up in many areas, with many communities experiencing temperatures around the freezing mark.

Wind chill will make it seem even cooler. Monday saw peak wind gusts of more than 60 km/h in some areas. 

Tuesday will not feel much better, but temperatures are expected to improve for the rest of the week.

"Tomorrow, still below seasonal, but it'll be feeling better with the sunshine," Ressler said.

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