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Stormy start to a new year in northern Ontario


Along with snow, temperatures in northern Ontario will be very cold.
Along with snow, temperatures in northern Ontario will be very cold.

Matt Casey, staff writer

December 31, 2010 — Keep the snow shovels handy, the start of 2011 looks to be messy in northern Ontario.

The start to 2011 will be a snowy one
The start to 2011 will be a snowy one

People living in northern Ontario will be saying hello to 2011 in heavy snow and bitter cold.

For anyone with travel plans in the area, roads could be treacherous New Year's day. A period of freezing rain between Wawa and Chapleau could also make roads very slippery. Environment Canada is warning that untreated surfaces could become icy and dangerous.

This latest round of stormy weather is moving in on the heels of a low pressure system that pushed through on Thursday. That storm dropped between 10 cm and 20 cm of snow on the region.

“With this second round, some areas could see over 20 cm of snow on top of the totals from the first system,” says Brian Dillon a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Things should start to improve slightly as the low moves out on Saturday night. But keep the heavy winter jackets and gloves close by. Biting cold temperatures will keep their grip on northern Ontario for a little while longer.

With files from Beverley Ann D'Cruz

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