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Lake effect snow to continue Saturday into Sunday

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 7:28 AM -

Some lake shore communities along Lake Ontario struggled with lake effect snow since late Thursday, with stiff winds making for blowing snow, and the risk continues Saturday.

A snow squall watch is in effect for the Picton - Sandbanks park area, and Environment Canada is warning drivers to be mindful of the conditions.

"A band of heavier snow shifted south over the lake in the overnight hours but remains just south of Prince Edward County. There still remains a risk that it may brush the region today with a period of heavy snow and some blowing snow," the agency says.

Up to 15 cm of accumulation is possible in the most exposed areas, according to forecasters at The Weather Network.

The additional amounts, coming on top of amounts of 10-20 cm that has fallen on Coburg, Trenton, Belleville, Picton, Napanee and other communities in the area since Thursday night. 

"We're expecting this to continue into Saturday evening," Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon said.


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Callers to the Storm Line reported dangerous conditions on Friday.

"There has been whiteout conditions and heavy, heavy snow," said one caller from the Picton area. "Winds are very heavy. I live near the lake and the snow drifts are easily 10, maybe 12, feet high."

As for the rest of southern Ontario, another system is en route to the province, bringing yet another dusting.

Before you get a white-knuckle grip on your snow shovel, forecasters at The Weather Network expect the snow to be relatively light, up to 2 cm in the Golden Horseshoe and slightly higher in southwestern Ontario.

The snow will last from Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

That's a far cry from the harsh weather of the past week, which brought up to 30 cm of snow to parts of southern Ontario mid-week, on top of lighter amounts from another system last weekend.

Still, even though the snow will be lighter, it will be small comfort to Ontarians experiencing below seasonal temperatures.

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