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Snow blankets northwestern Ontario


Snow slides off a roof in Upsala, Ontario. Click the image for a look at snowy scenes across the region.
Snow slides off a roof in Upsala, Ontario. Click the image for a look at snowy scenes across the region.

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

December 1, 2010 — You can almost hear the sound of snow-blowers revving up across Northwestern Ontario. Up to 20 cm fell in some places Tuesday.

Snowfall amounts expected through Thursday
Snowfall amounts expected through Thursday

Winter may still be three weeks away, but try telling that to anyone living in northwestern Ontario. They'll likely argue that the season has been here for weeks now.

The region was blasted by another low pressure system this week - one that dumped heavy amounts of snow in some communities. About 20 cm was recorded in Sioux Lookout, while 19 cm fell in Red Lake. Kenora also took a hit, with about 10 cm of snow blanketing streets and houses.

“This is due to a big low that's been hovering over the province of Ontario,” says Mark Robinson, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “We've been seeing snow on the backside of the low, mainly in through northwestern Ontario.”

The same low pressure system has been bringing drenching rains to parts of southern Ontario. In fact, so much rain has fallen that officials are concerned about fast-flowing rivers and streams, along with localized flooding.

Revving up the snowblower in Dryden, Ontario
Revving up the snowblower in Dryden, Ontario

Elena Grigorenko is another meteorologist at The Weather Network. She says storms like this are not unusual in late November and December.

“It is pretty normal for this time of year. That's when we get a lot of strong systems and lots of Colorado Lows or Texas Lows coming our way, so it is pretty normal to see this kind of precipitation at this time of year.”

In most places, the worst of this storm is over. However, some communities along the shores of Hudson Bay could see an additional 10 - 15 cm of snow, thanks to the wrap-around from the low.

To stay up-to-date on the weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. For an idea of what else you can expect this upcoming season, check The Weather Network's Winter Outlook.

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