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Deep freeze for northern Ontario

Along with snow, temperatures in northern Ontario will be very cold.
Along with snow, temperatures in northern Ontario will be very cold.

Beverley Ann D'Cruz, staff writer

December 30, 2010 — Biting cold temperatures and heavy snow fall are set to dominate the next couple of days in northern Ontario.

The start to 2011 will be a snowy one
The start to 2011 will be a snowy one

Residents of northern Ontario will need their shovels at the ready for the end of the year. That's because two lows from south of the border are bringing a messy mix of active weather conditions.

“The first low will be sliding into north western Ontario over the next 12 hours bringing with it light to moderate snow, accumulating up to 15 cm to 20 cm,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “With the first low sliding in, cooler air is pushing eastward along the shore line of Lake Superior, where a flash freeze warning in effect.”

As a result, motorists and pedestrians are being warned of dangerous travelling conditions. According to Environment Canada, untreated surfaces pose a significant risk as they turn icy and become extremely slippery.

And that's just the first part of the stormy weather. After a brief break on Friday morning/afternoon, a second more powerful low from Colorado will move in. “The system will arrive Friday night into Saturday with strong gusty winds, heavy snow and dangerous wind chills. Many areas will see blizzard-like conditions.“

That means the start of the New Year will be ushered in with a winter storm. This second system will only move out Saturday night, but only after dumping the region with an additional 15 cm to 25 cm of snow.

Already watches and warnings have been issued for many areas in the region. On Friday temperatures are set to dip to -9°C in Thunder Bay, -16°C in Geraldton and -13°C in Fort Frances.

To stay up to date on weather conditions, head to our Watches and Warnings section. Also, stay tuned to The Weather Network for details on the national forecast.

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