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Wicked storms roar across Ontario


Lightning lit up the sky over southern Ontario Wednesday morning
Lightning lit up the sky over southern Ontario Wednesday morning

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

April 21, 2011 — People in Ontario had to contend with thunderstorms, snow and freezing rain in Wednesday's early morning hours.

Radar shows the thunderstorms rolling across Ontario early Wednesday
Radar shows the thunderstorms rolling across Ontario early Wednesday

If you live in southern Ontario, you may have been woken up by some intense thunderstorms through the early morning hours on Wednesday. A large system from the United States has been muscling its way across the province, bringing rain to some and snow to others.

“We had snow in the Peterborough area and thundersnow in and around Wiarton,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “But for most in southern Ontario, the big story early Wednesday morning was the thunderstorm activity.”

Callers to our Stormline reported loud thunder, frequent lightning and flooding rain throughout the overnight hours. The Weather Network also received hundreds of storm updates on both our Facebook and Twitter pages. There were also reports of power outages.

The thunderstorms made their way out through the morning hours on Wednesday.

Record snowfall in northern Ontario Wednesday
Record snowfall in northern Ontario Wednesday

Meanwhile, in the Muskoka and Nickel Belt region of Ontario, heavy snow was falling. There were reports of whiteout conditions near North Bay Wednesday morning, and drivers in Huntsville had to cope with ice pellets.

By the time all was said and done, 21.4 cm of snow had fallen in North Bay, shattering the old snowfall record for April 20th by more than 12 cm. Sudbury also set a new record for the day with 14.3 cm, breaking the old record of 10 set back in 1993.

The same low pressure system pushed into Quebec and Atlantic Canada, where it has been bringing heavy snow to some cities.

To stay on top of current weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also sign up to receive weather watches and warnings to your cell phone.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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