Snow paradox: Why 2 cm of snow can actually be worse than 25 cm

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Snow paradox: Why 2 cm of snow can actually be worse than 25 cm

Southern Ontario is certainly no stranger to the complications that winter weather can have on any sort of travel across the region. Even a light dusting of snow can be enough to bring major city centres to a halt, especially during peak commute times of the day.

But HOW can two centimetres of snow be worse than more than 20 centimetres when it comes to winter travel?

Consider it the Snow Paradox.

"When you look at the GTA and our spider webs of highways and roadways, things grind to a halt with just a couple centimetres of snow," says Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton, adding that typically when it's a bigger snowfall event people are more inclined to plan ahead and hunker down at home. "But it's that innocuous lake-effect snowfall or those bursts of snow along an artic front where we run into real problems as it greases up the roads and may not be enough snow to plow."

CHECK: Detailed Highway conditions

Winter tires of course are one of the biggest life savers in any type of winter driving, providing increased traction, braking and handling. Learning how to react is also crucial for those who attempt to navigate the slick conditions.

Watch the video above for some additional tips from meteorologists Tyler Hamilton and Mark Robinson to help you better prepare for any snowfall accumulations.