PHOTOS: Parts of Ontario blinded by whiteouts from heavy snow squalls


Parts of southern Ontario were hit with a considerable dose of lake-effect snow Tuesday, with several bands of snow squalls pushing in off Lake Huron and Georgian Bay through the day.

Due to the still open, warm waters of the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay, lake-effect snow developed in parts of southern Ontario. The squalls generated hazardous driving conditions on the roads as whiteout conditions caused poor visibility in some areas.

The traditional snowbelt regions saw most of the heaviest bands, with 10-15+ cm forecast for areas from Kincardine to London, as well as the cottage country area. Areas between Barrie and Keswick already saw 5 cm by Tuesday morning.

Weather Network Storm Hunter and meterologist Mark Robinson spent the day chasing the snow squalls near Lake Huron, in several communities just southeast of Goderich, part of the traditional snowbelt.

While most of the snow squalls stayed west and north of the GTA, it didn’t go totally unscathed, as a quick burst of snow tracked through.

What also contributed to the lake-effect snow setup was a shot of arctic air that has channelled into the region, forcing daytime highs to near or just slightly above the freezing mark in most areas.

The snow will continue through the overnight hours and taper off by early Wednesday morning, though a lingering flurry or two is possible off Lake Huron. The winds will begin to shift Wednesday as a ridge pushes out the Arctic air and trough, leading to a warmup with double-digit temperatures for Thursday and Friday.

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