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Ontario continues to battle winter weather

Staff writers
March 19, 2013 — While the official start to spring arrives on Wednesday, Ontarians continue to battle snow, freezing rain and powerful winds.

Snow resulted in several crashes in southern Ontario Monday night
Snow resulted in several crashes in southern Ontario Monday night

A low pressure system pushed into the province on Monday, bringing a wintery mix to much of southern Ontario. 

"Most of the Greater Toronto Area was under a freezing rain warning through the evening hours," says Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "But those warnings were dropped by about 2:30 a.m." 

In addition to the freezing rain, snow and gusty winds resulted in poor driving conditions across the region Monday night.

"Snowfall amounts were very temperature dependent, but powerful wind gusts ranging from 50-70 km/h created blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility on the roads," adds Vaswani. 

While lingering flurries and breezy conditions may linger across GTA through Wednesday, the bulk of the system has continued to push east.

Snowfall forecast
Snowfall forecast

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Cornwall area to the Quebec border, with heavy snow amounts expected through Wednesday.

While most schools remained open on Tuesday, the heavy snow prompted several school buses in extreme eastern Ontario to cancel service for the day. 

Officials are warning motorists to be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions as untreated roads may become slippery and snow covered. 

The wet weather remained in eastern Ontario through the day on Tuesday before it began moving towards the Maritimes.

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