Stubborn snow squalls, gusty winds keep travel tricky in Ontario

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Stubborn snow squalls, gusty winds keep travel tricky in Ontario
Stubborn snow squalls, gusty winds keep travel tricky in Ontario

Wintry weather quickly whipped across southern Ontario to kick-start the work week, with powerful wind gusts of 70-80 km/h and intense snow squalls making for difficult travel after the passage of a cold front. The lake-effect snow machine remains in high gear through Tuesday, with gusty winds remaining intact, as well, so motorists in the snowbelt regions should expect more difficult travel. Wind and snow squall warnings remain in effect. Some areas could be on the hook for an additional 15+ cm of snow through Tuesday, as the squalls remain hovered over. More on the continued squalls, risk zones, and what's ahead, below.

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TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY: TRAVEL REMAINS TRICKY DUE TO STUBBORN SNOW SQUALLS, WINDS TO SUBSIDE

Monday was a blustery, snowy day across southern Ontario, as powerful west-northwesterly winds whipped up in the wake of a sharp cold front. This helped to spark potent snow squalls, as fresh Arctic air ushered in.

The squalls will persist through Monday overnight, with some local bands continuing through Tuesday afternoon. Snow squall and wind warnings remain in effect.

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"Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Travel may also be hazardous due to very low visibility in bursts of heavy snow and blowing snow," Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says in the snow squall warning.

Widespread wind gusts of 50-70 km/h will hang on through Tuesday, peaking in the morning and slowly dissipating into the afternoon.

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Significant travel disruptions are likely to continue across the traditional snowbelt regions. These quick bursts of heavier snow could make for extremely poor visibility and localized whiteouts.

Local areas in the snowbelt regions could receive 15-30 cm where squalls remain locked, by the time they wind down.

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Temperatures will gradually drop through Monday night, remaining below freezing for most areas on Tuesday. In fact, some places will experience a 10 to 15 degree temperature drop over the next 24 hours.

Temperatures will cool into Wednesday, with a light dusting of snow possible across the south.

Meanwhile, on-and-off squalls will stick around the Parry Sound area and Lake Huron shores Wednesday. With a southerly flow developing, new bands may develop along lakes Erie and Ontario shores, targeting Niagara and Kingston, especially.

LOOK AHEAD: TEMPERATURES WARM UP, MORE SNOW, RAIN CHANCES

Conditions will be fair and a few degrees milder Thursday. A clipper tracking north of the region will bring some light snow in the overnight hours, with rain-snow mix near Lake Ontario and light rain for southwestern sections. Friday will be on the mild side, but remaining cloudy.

Beyond, a Colorado low is expected to track into the northern Great Lakes late Friday through Saturday. This should bring another soaking rain to southern Ontario, with very mild temperatures. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) should reach double digits.

Cooler, but still above seasonal, in behind this system. Very mild temperatures will appear for most of next week.

Check back with The Weather Network often as we monitor the progress of the active storm track across Ontario.

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