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Storm moves into Ontario, travel advisories in place

Temperatures rising, but stormy conditions move in
Temperatures rising, but stormy conditions move in

Staff writers

January 17, 2012 — A system pushing into Ontario could make for dangerous driving conditions in some places Tuesday. Air travel advisories are also in place.

Snowfall forecast
Snowfall forecast

Frigid temperatures were left behind a system that brought rain, freezing rain and snow to much of Ontario last week. Depending on where you were in the province, you were bound to face a messy and wintery mix.

Now, temperatures are on the rebound in southern Ontario, but the milder air is accompanied by a low pressure system bringing everything from rain to snow to fog.

On Tuesday morning, a dense fog began to form over most of the GTA, but strong winds pushed it out of the area well before the evening commute.

For areas further north, temperatures haven been struggling to stay above the freezing mark throughout the day Tuesday. As a result, the Ottawa Valley has seen some wet snow, and incidents of rain and ice pellets have been reported. Officials warn that untreated roads in these areas may become slippery and to adjust your driving habits accordingly.

Road conditions in eastern Ontario, including the city of Ottawa, will deteriorate as well. Significant snowfall and freezing rain is forecast.

“These regions saw some light snow on Monday, but it will pick up in intensity in the Ottawa area Tuesday,” says Elena Lappo, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Up to 15 cm of snow is likely, with locally higher amounts possible. Freezing rain warnings were also issued for Ottawa and into Prescott and Russell.”

School buses cancelled in Ottawa Tuesday
School buses cancelled in Ottawa Tuesday

As a result, all school buses at Ottawa's English and French public and Catholic school boards were cancelled Tuesday morning. The Upper Canada and Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario pulled buses off the roads as well.

Air travel advisories were issued for the area and passengers are urged to check their flight status before heading to the airport. Several domestic flights both arriving and departing from the Ottawa airport were cancelled before 8 am Tuesday.

Travellers in Toronto, Montreal, Windsor and Chicago could be affected by inclement weather as well.

Despite the brief warm-up for some places, temperatures are expected to plunge once again as the system exits.

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for Simcoe, Dunnville, Niagara Falls, Belleville, Kingston. Gusts of up to 90 km/h are expected to develop Tuesday evening.

Heavy winds have also been reported throughout the GTA. Numerous power outages were reported throughout the region Tuesday evening.

A flash freeze warning has been issued for parts of southern Ontario, including Owen Sound, Barrie and Orillia.

Make sure to check out the Alerts section of our website for the latest weather alerts in your area.

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