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Snow squalls sweeping Ontario

Staff writers

December 9, 2011 — Road conditions deteriorate across northern Ontario as heavy bursts of snow move through.

Snowfall amounts expected
Snowfall amounts expected

A series of intense snow squalls that are sweeping across Ontario are making for very winter-like conditions in some places.

The first round of squalls picked up late Wednesday night and left some roads in cottage country in poor shape. Shifting winds however, prevented any significant snowfall accumulations from occurring.

Snow squall bands continued over eastern Lake Superior on Friday, with the heaviest bands between Montreal River and just south of Wawa. An additional total 15 to 20 cm of snow is likely before the squalls begin to weaken.

Parts of the Niagara region were also dealing with light snow squalls on Friday.

In some places, the snow will continue to fall into the day Saturday. By the time all is said and done, places like Huntsville, Gravenhurst and Parry Sound could be blanketed with up to 30 cm of snow.

The worst of the squalls were Saturday during the overnight hours. By Sunday things had, for the most part, cleared up.

Warm air is now moving through the region and temperatures are expected to warm up over the coming week.

Ski resorts in the area have been hoping for a good shot of snow, but some have been forced to move their opening dates back.

Horseshoe Valley was aiming to open for business this weekend, but a lack of snow has pushed the tentative opening date to December 16 instead. Blue Mountain has done the same.

For up-to-the-minute information on conditions in your area, visit the Alerts section of our website. You can also catch your local forecast on TV every 10 minutes on the 10s.

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