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Stormy mix across Ontario

Lyndsay Morrison and Andrea Stockton, staff writers

October 21, 2010 — A cold front sliced across Ontario Wednesday, bringing heavy rain, powerful winds, thunderstorms and even snow to parts of the province. The Weather Network's Chris Dawson was in North Bay and said the damage there was extensive.

Peak wind gusts recorded across Ontario
Peak wind gusts recorded across Ontario

Snow, heavy rain, damaging winds and thunderstorms - people in Ontario saw it all on Wednesday. A low pressure system with an associated cold front pushed across the province, bringing a stormy mix of weather conditions.

First, it was the winds that were making noise and causing a scene. They were howling throughout the day along the shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario. A peak gust of 65 km/h was recorded at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

However, the winds were even stronger in the Nickel Belt region. North Bay recorded a gust of 76 km/h, and some Canadore College students were left scrambling for a place to sleep after a tree toppled onto their residence. Power outages were also reported throughout the city.

The Weather Network's Chris Dawson headed over to the campus and said the damage was nothing like he had ever seen before. “You saw the old cliche checker board of ruin around the school where not just poplar trees that are easily knocked down, we're talking about 50, 60 year old pine trees, which are normally impervious to any wind storms.”

Further north, the story was snow.One viewer in Red Lake sent us video of large flakes falling in their backyard. In Timmins, about 1 cm of snow accumulated on the ground on Wednesday night.

Risk of a rain-snow mix Thursday into Friday
Risk of a rain-snow mix Thursday into Friday

Snow was still falling in parts of the province Thursday and temperatures were dangling close to the freezing mark. Wind chills were making it feel into the minus single digits.

While snow isn't exactly uncommon in parts of the north at this time of year, thunderstorms are a little more unusual. Still, they were firing up in Ontario Wednesday, as well. Thunder and lightning was reported in the Mount Forest area, and small hail fell in Sudbury. No thunderstorms were reported in the Greater Toronto Area.

There are still some lingering showers in parts of Ontario, but the cold front began to make its way out Thursday afternoon.

“We'll still see the remnants of this system and then on and off showers are forecast throughout the day,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “However, there is a possibility of some rain-snow mixing in places like Barrie and Mount Forest this evening.”

To stay up-to-date on your local forecast, click our Ontario Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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