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Heavy snow moves into northern Ontario


Strong winds kicking up the snow in northern Ontario
Strong winds kicking up the snow in northern Ontario

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

February 18, 2011 — A wintery mix that moved into northern Ontario has officials warning drivers to monitor road conditions before heading out.

Heaviest amounts of snow expected to fall along the Manitoba border
Heaviest amounts of snow expected to fall along the Manitoba border

It's a battle between winter and spring across much of Ontario.

Mild air invaded the province on Thursday, but for residents in northern Ontario, it was only a brief spring fling.

A very sharp arctic cold front moved into the region Thursday night, blasting areas west of Lake Superior to the Manitoba border with heavy snow. Up to 20 cm is possible by the time all is said and done.

Temperatures plunged signficantly ahead of the system as well and that had Environment Canada warning motorists that surfaces could become extremely dangerous.

“Flash freezing usually happens along the cold front that separates two different air masses and usually one air mass is really warm and the other one is really cold so once the cold front passes, because of the huge difference of the air masses the difference in temperature is so drastic,” explains Elena Grigorenko, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Snow squall warnings issued in Sault Ste. Marie Friday
Snow squall warnings issued in Sault Ste. Marie Friday

The system continued to make its way into northeastern Ontario throughout the day on Friday, which prompted snow squall watches and warnings for areas from Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie.

Strong westerly winds gusting to 80 km/h could result in whiteout conditions and blowing snow through the evening and overnight hours.

Areas near Georgian Bay and northern Lake Huron can also expect poor visibility with up to 10 cm of snow possible by Saturday morning.

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