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Another winter storm hits southern Ontario


Poor road conditions reported in Grimsby, ON Friday
Poor road conditions reported in Grimsby, ON Friday

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

February 25, 2011 — A winter storm that swept through southern Ontario Friday made for a challenging morning commute in some areas.

Snow removal crews out in full force on Friday
Snow removal crews out in full force on Friday

Another winter storm swept through southern Ontario Friday and because it tracked farther south, there was less snow than anticipated.

Still, over 10 cm managed to pile up in the city of Windsor, making for some poor driving conditions in the region. Reduced visibility and slippery roads gave motorists a lot to contend with and several crashes were reported on Highway 401 in Essex County and Chatham-Kent throughout the morning hours.

Mostly light snow fell in the Toronto area, but gusty winds and blowing snow were an issue for drivers there as well.

On Thursday, DriveTest centres cancelled road tests ahead of the storm with the threat of wintery conditions.

There was also an impact on air travel. More than 50 flights were cancelled at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Friday to areas in Atlantic Canada and parts of the U.S., who are also feeling the affects of this storm.

Hopeful for spring?
Hopeful for spring?

Stormy night stateside

The same storm system brought severe weather to the southern United States Thursday night. More than 6,000 customers were left without power in Memphis after a line of heavy thunderstorms moved through the area. There were also confirmed reports of 10 tornados touching down.

Have you had enough of the winter season?

The latest storm may seem cruel and unusual, but Elena Grigorenko, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says it's typical for this time of year.

“It's not unusual to see a storm like this,” she says. “It's still February; it's still winter.”

Around 50,000 people who answered the Quick Poll on The Weather Network homepage said they've had enough of the winter season and are looking forward to spring. But when we hit the streets in Oakville, there were some mixed reactions.

“The cold doesn't bother me, it's nice and refreshing...This winter hasn't been that bad I find. We've had way worse winters than this,” says one winter enthusiast. “Actually I enjoy it, but then it's not really fair because I just got back from Florida,” said another laughing resident.

For more details on what you can expect, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, and sign up to get the latest weather watches and warnings sent to your cell phone.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison

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