Strong winter storm buffets central, eastern Canada

Is snow coming to Canada? REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Residents of central Canada, Ontario and Quebec are waking up this morning to driving winds, frigid temperatures and snow squalls, thanks to a powerful low pressure system swinging through northern Ontario and Quebec today.

Winds from this storm system are gusting up to 90 km/h, they are already blowing snow squalls across southern Ontario. And in combination with a bitterly cold air mass over the north, they are causing wind chills down to -40 to -45 degrees Celsius in northern regions of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

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These gusting winds are expected to slowly die down throughout the day for the prairies and Ontario, as the low pressure centre moves off into northern Quebec. However, wind chills are still expected to hit -30 degrees Celsius for those northern regions affected by this, and they could drop back down into the -40s tonight.

Residents of northern Quebec can expect strong winds, heavy and blowing snow, and extreme wind chill temperatures today and tonight. Those living along the Gulf of St. Lawrence are likely to get the heavy, blowing snow, and anyone in southwest regions of the province, including Montreal, should be on the lookout for snow squalls this afternoon.

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