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Snow Squall Warning

Issued at 00:13 Saturday 13 February 2016
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Snow squalls are developing in the wake of the cold front and clusters of disorganized snow squalls experienced earlier. Strong northwest winds and heavy snow at times will reduce visibilities to near zero. A little later tonight, one main snow squall is expected to set up from near Lambton Shores and Grand Bend extending southeastwards through Strathroy and then southwest of London. Most of the heaviest squalls should stay west of London until perhaps later on Saturday as winds shift slightly. This is a dangerous situation especially because of very cold temperatures and wind chills in combination of the snow squalls. Several roads in the area are closed to the east of Lake Huron. Drivers should pay extra heed or delay travel if necessary. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/ Snow squall warnings are issued when bands of snow form that produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities. 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 15:05 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 between about minus 30 and minus 35 are expected overnight and Saturday morning. Wind chill conditions will improve only marginally on Saturday afternoon, then fall below minus 30 again on Saturday night in most locales. 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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