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Heavy snow blasts northern Ontario, over 20 cm recorded

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, February 14, 2014, 9:03 AM -

"Just another day in Thunder Bay."

That's how local resident Jeff Ginter captioned his picture he sent to The Weather Network on Thursday.

The same clipper system that brought dangerous travel to parts of the southern Prairies earlier this week continued to push into northwestern Ontario.

Over 20 cm of snow was recorded in Thunder Bay along with powerful wind gusts up to 60 km/h.

That resulted in poor driving conditions and forced police to close a section of Highway 61 between Broadway Avenue and Arthur Street on Thursday.

Recreation and child-care programs run by the city were also cancelled as well as some after school activities.

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Parts of eastern Ontario and southern Quebec are now dealing with the wintry conditions.


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"A low pressure system near Cape Cod is tracking northeast along the eastern seaboard today," said Environment Canada in a snowfall warning early Friday. "An area of snow associated with the system continues over extreme eastern Ontario."

Upwards of 15 cm of snow is possible in some places, with the highest amounts expected near the Quebec border and the St. Lawrence.

Motorists are urged to exercise cautions as accumulating snow and reduced visibilities in heavy, blowing snow could result in dangerous driving conditions.


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