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Ontario hit with rain, snow and freezing rain

Freezing rain hit Wawa, ON Monday
Freezing rain hit Wawa, ON Monday

Staff writers

January 24, 2012 — A low pressure system brought snow to northern Ontario Monday and rain to the south. Conditions improving Tuesday.

Ice and snow covered roads resulted in a messy commute in Rockland, Ontario Monday
Ice and snow covered roads resulted in a messy commute in Rockland, Ontario Monday

It's a winter storm that brought a little bit of everything to Ontario and Quebec on Monday, from rain and thunderstorms to freezing rain and heavy snow.

In northern Ontario, the snow has been piling up since the weekend.

“By the early morning hours on Monday, Geraldton had already picked up over 20 cm of snow and it continued to fall throughout the day,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Freezing rain also made for slick driving conditions in the area.”

Several school boards in northern Ontario cancelled buses Monday because of the wintery mix. Motorists were also reminded to adjust their driving habits as conditions deteriorated.

At one point, Highways 577 and 572 east of Timmins had to be closed due to poor weather conditions.

Strong winds picked up Monday night
Strong winds picked up Monday night

Meanwhile, in southern Ontario, the story was mainly rain. There were even some non-severe thunderstorms in southwestern Ontario early Monday morning.

In addition to some wet weather, the region encountered mild temperatures as well. In places like Windsor, Point Pelee and St. Catharines, daytime highs were in the double digits Monday.

“Strong winds gust into the area through the evening and overnight hours however, and that has helped cool temperatures dramatically,” says Dillon.

The system continued to push into the Maritimes, where icy conditions closed schools early Tuesday morning.

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