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Heavy snow blasts northern Ontario


Staff writers
March 3, 2012 — For the second time this week, a Colorado low moving into Ontario will brought heavy snow to the northern parts of the province.


Snow forecast through Saturday
Snow forecast through Saturday

If you plan to travel in Ontario this weekend, be prepared for a mix of just about everything.

"The snow in central and northeastern Ontario began late Friday evening and it will persist through Saturday," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. 

Sudbury has seen close to 20 cm of snow since last night, and St. Joseph's Island has had 28 cm.

Strong winds - along with the potential for wind damage - is in Saturday's forecast.

The wind could have a significant impact on roadways in northern Ontario on Saturday as well as on recreational weekend activities across the region. 

Officials are urging motorists to exercise caution on the roads and adjust driving habits as conditions start to deteriorate.

This system bears resemblance to a "weather bomb" - a severe winter storm with a central pressure that falls 24 millibars - or more - in a 24-hour period.

"The term 'weather bomb' is used to describe a rapidly intensifying storm," says Gerald Cheng, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "This system is similar because it is also rapidly intensifying. Like a typical weather bomb, wind will be a defining characteristic of this storm."

Be sure to stay updated on the warnings in your area by heading to the Alerts section of the website.


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