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Northern Ontario only region of Canada with active weather warnings

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:17 -

After a seemingly endless winter that included a stubborn polar vortex, incredible ice storms  and a parade of blizzards on the east coast, all is calm in Canada.

Well, for the most part.

As of Thursday afternoon, northern Ontario is the only part of the country with active weather warnings in place.
The region is currently bracing for yet another round of snow, which is set to move in Thursday night.


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"A classic spring storm in the form of a Colorado Low will bring heavy snow to northern Ontario and moderate rain to southern Ontario with the risk of scattered thunderstorm activity in southwestern Ontario," says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.

Environment Canada began issuing winter storm warnings for some areas early Thursday including Geraldton, Wawa, Kapuskasing and Timmins, among other communities.

Those were followed by snowfall and freezing rain warnings later in the day.

"A large area of snow from this deepening low will move into northeastern Ontario tonight and then become heavy at times on Friday as the storm centre moves closer," says EC in its statement.

Northern Ontario aside, the rest of the country saw relatively calm conditions on Thursday -- although forecasters are keeping an eye on below-seasonal temperatures on both coasts, and rain that is targeting southern Ontario.

A lack of active weather is  a welcome change of pace for many -- especially for residents in Atlantic Canada, who are still cleaning up from a recent round of snow and freezing rain.


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"The scarcity of weather warnings is a change of pace, given the active track Canada has seen the past few weeks," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.

"Starting at the end of this week, the active weather pattern will become more concentrated along on the east coast. We could see more storms pop up in the future."

In the meantime, you can track active weather using the Satellite & Radar section of the website.

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