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Lake effect snow slows commute in southern Ontario

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Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:36 AM -

Drivers in parts of southern Ontario had lake effect snow to contend with Thursday night.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement warning of up to 10 cm of snow in some places.

The statement was updated early Friday morning as lake effect snow continued to affect the region.

"With early morning temperatures near the freezing mark in many areas inland from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, flurries will continue to give snowfall amounts of 2 to 5 cm in quite a few areas," EC says.

Motorists are being warned to prepare for hazardous winter driving conditions as untreated roads may become snow covered and slippery. 

Officials say sudden low visibility in bursts of heavier snow is also possible.

Is your car winter ready?

While there's a number of things you can do to get your car ready for winter driving, experts say installing winter tires should be the number one priority. 

"It's the number one thing you can do to keep yourself safe and your car on the road this winter," says Melissa Arbour with Canadian Tire. "A winter tire will stop on ice up to 50 percent shorter than an all season tire." 

Arbour adds that when temperatures dip to about 7°C, you should consider changing over to winter tires. 

"Because that's when all-season tires start to stiffen and lose their grip and winter tires start to perform better at about the 7 degree mark." 

For more on making sure your car is winter ready, check out these tips from autofile.ca.


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