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Time to Bundle Up Again

March 18, 2010 — What a tease. After several days of record breaking temperatures across northern Ontario, snow is on the way.

The warm and even record breaking temperatures across northern Ontario are catching residents a little off guard.

“I love it, I didn't think it would be this warm out this soon, but the second the sun came out we started running, it's super nice out.”

The region has been breaking records all week.

Thursday was the sixth day in a row that Thunder Bay saw highs that surpassed previous records. Even Sudbury went on a 5 day tear of record breaking temperatures.

Most residents are enjoying this unusual mid March weather, but as The Weather Network's Chris Dawson found out, it hasn't been all good news.

The early arrival of spring lead to the closures of ski hills and snowmobile trails. One snow removal worker in North Bay says he only worked 18 times in five months. A big change from previous years when the area has been blasted by snow.

After the recent mild spell it seemed as if winter had enough. But one resident isn't packing away her parka just yet.

“There's that lingering feeling that there still could be some snow.”

And this prediction is pretty accurate.

“There will be a big cool down in northeastern Ontario over the next couple of days, ” says The Weather Network's meteorologist Brian Dillon.

Around 5 to 10 centimetres could fall in some northern areas tonight into tomorrow. As of 9 p.m. on Wednesday, 2 centimetres of snow had already been recorded in Pickle Lake. “After record temperatures for the last few days in northern Ontario, a strong low is moving through and dropping the spring-like temperatures below seasonal with a chance of some light snow as well,” says Dillon.

Although it will be fast moving, the low will cool things down completely in its wake. “From yesterday to tomorrow there could be a 20 degree difference in temperatures when you factor in the wind chill,”explains Dillon.

Just when the province thought spring had sprung, winter is making another appearance.

For the latest details on the weather in your area tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your Regional Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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