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Snow system sweeping southern ON, QC


A blast of snow for eastern Canada.
A blast of snow for eastern Canada.

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

February 25, 2011 — The Weather Network is tracking a storm system that could complicate the morning commute throughout southern Ontario.

Snowfall totals forecast for southern ON
Snowfall totals forecast for southern ON

The work week will likely be ending on a snowy note for anyone living in southern Ontario or Quebec.

A low pressure system from the US is tracking into both provinces, and it could dump a significant helping of snow on parts of Ontario Friday, just in time for the morning commute.

“Right now we're looking at the potential for around 5 cm of snow for the Greater Toronto Area,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “The Niagara region, however, could get upwards of 15 cm, thanks to a combination of system snow and lake effect.”

The snow is expected to begin early on Friday, with the heaviest amounts of snow then affecting southern Ontario throughout the morning.

Drivers should check highway conditions before heading out in the morning.

Weather watches and warnings have been issued for the province of Quebec, where this storm is expected to have an impact. By Friday afternoon, this storm will bring active weather to the Maritimes.

Stormy night stateside

The same storm system brought severe weather to the southern United States Thursday night. More than 6,000 customers were left without power in Memphis after a line of heavy thunderstorms moved through the area. There were also confirmed reports of 10 tornados touching down stateside with injuries in places like Nashville, TN. In Arkansas 21,000 people were without power statewide.

10 tornadoes were confirmed stateside on Thursday.
10 tornadoes were confirmed stateside on Thursday.

Have you had enough of the winter season?

The latest storm may seem cruel and unusual, but Grigorenko says it's typical for this time of year.

“It's not unusual to see a storm like this,” she says. “It's still February; it's still winter.”

Around 50,000 people who answered the Quick Poll on The Weather Network homepage said they've had enough of the winter season and are looking forward to spring. But when we hit the streets in Oakville, there were some mixed reactions.

“The cold doesn't bother me, it's nice and refreshing...This winter hasn't been that bad I find. We've had way worse winters than this,” says one winter enthusiast. “Actually I enjoy it, but then it's not really fair because I just got back from Florida,” said another laughing resident.

For more details on what you can expect, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, and sign up to get the latest weather watches and warnings sent to your cell phone.

With files from Andrea Stockton,Alexandra Pope, Jill Colton and the Toronto Star

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