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Snow Squall Watch

Issued at 13:12 Friday 12 February 2016
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Snow squalls are expected to develop. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate. Bands of lake effect flurries and snow squalls off Lake Ontario are expected to affect the regions through early this evening, after which they are forecast to shift southward as a cold front passes. Under the heaviest snow squalls, snow may accumulate rapidly at rates up to a few centimetres per hour. Very poor to nil visibilities may also be associated, due to the combination of heavy falling snow and blowing snow. Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

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Extreme Cold Warning

Issued at 10:41 Friday 12 February 2016
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A period of very cold wind chills is expected. A cold front will pass through the regions tonight. Very cold temperatures will follow in its wake, along with gusty northwest winds. Very cold wind chill values of minus 35 to minus 40 are expected overnight and Saturday morning. Wind chill conditions will improve only marginally on Saturday afternoon, then fall below minus 35 again on Saturday night. Some improvement is expected on Sunday. While anyone who isn't dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia: - homeless people - outdoor workers - people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power) - people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers - winter sport enthusiasts - people who consume excess alcohol - infants and - seniors. Wear appropriate clothing. - Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk. - Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold. - Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it. - If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you're wet. Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

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