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Early snowfall hits northern Ontario


Andrea Stockton, staff writer

November 12, 2011 — Snow has been falling across Ontario this week, making it feel a lot more like the winter season.

Snowfall totals
Snowfall totals

Winter doesn't officially arrive for another several weeks, but some residents in northern Ontario are already dealing with early signs of the season.

A low pressure system moved in from the midwestern United States and tracked across the region Wednesday. Snow began falling ahead of the system and continued to accumulate through the evening and overnight hours.

Some places saw between 15 and 30 cm of snow, with the heaviest amounts piling up between Wawa and Marathon and west of Hearst.

“Lesser amounts accumulated in other areas as snow mixed with rain and ice pellets reduced the overall snow totals,” said Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

As the snow season gets underway, motorists are urged to prepare for reduced visibility and deteriorating driving conditions. Officials recommend winterizing your vehicle to stay safe on the roads this winter.

Heavy lake-effect snow fell along the Huron Shores and Georgian Bay. This wintery scene was captured in Neustadt, near Mount Forest
Heavy lake-effect snow fell along the Huron Shores and Georgian Bay. This wintery scene was captured in Neustadt, near Mount Forest

In central and southern Ontario, most of the precipitation with the system fell as rain. Winds also picked up Wednesday night.

“Toronto and Hamilton saw gusts reach 70 km/h, while Port Colborne recorded gusts over 90 km/h,” Vettese said.

Colder air and a persistent northwesterly flow developed over Lake Huron and Georgian Bay early Friday morning.

Lake effect snow bands fired up across the region, causing dangerous driving conditions for the morning commute.

Some places saw more than 5 cm, although it had mostly melted by Friday afternoon.

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