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Snow squalls taper in Ontario's hard-hit regions


Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

December 9, 2010 — After days of blizzard-like conditions and more than 100 cm of snow in some places, squalls that were rolling in off Lake Huron and Georgian Bay have tapered in Ontario.

Morla the dog enjoys the snow in London, ON
Morla the dog enjoys the snow in London, ON

Snow squalls have finally tapered across parts of Ontario; but in some places, the damage was done a long time ago.

This week, 177 cm of snow accumulated in the community of Lucan, northwest of London. London itself also took a major hit from the squalls. Over 95 cm fell in parts of the city, shutting down schools, Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario. Arenas and some city buildings were temporarily closed, as well.

Still, it wasn't just the southwestern part of Ontario that took a beating from the squalls. Significant snowfall accumulations were also reported north of the city of Toronto. More than 105 cm fell in Beeton, 83 cm fell in Alliston, and Thorbury reported 61 cm. Barrie also got some impressive amounts of snow, with about 30 cm blanketing roadways.

In many regions, road conditions deteriorated significantly and authorities were warning drivers to slow down. Hundreds of collisions were reported. On Wednesday, a massive pile-up occurred on the west-bound 401 near Woodstock, Ontario. Snow squalls were rolling across the region at the time.

Hundreds of accidents were reported this week
Hundreds of accidents were reported this week

By Thursday, life was getting back to normal in the hardest hit communities. The snow had also come to an end in most regions.

“High pressure moved in, and that helped calm things down,” said Brian Owsiak, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Now, forecasters are keeping an eye on a storm approaching from the United States. It could bring snow to parts of Ontario and Quebec on Sunday.

To stay up-to-date on weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

Wondering what to expect this upcoming winter season? Check The Weather Network's Winter Outlook 2010 / 2011.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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