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Ontario snow: Where did it all come from?

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:30 PM -

Heavy snow hit the GTA around 3 p.m. Thursday, creating a messy drive home.

Even though the forecast was calling for some snow, it still managed to catch many off guard.

"We were expecting a bit more rain," said Weather Network meteorologist Mark Robinson, reporting live on location in the Brantford area Thursday, "but Mother Nature has decided to fool us."

"The key was we had strong uplift ahead of the warm front that's set to move through, as evidenced through the thunder snow that has been reported across the region," explains Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham.

"This resulted in heavier precipitation, along with heavier snow. The worst part was the timing: It started right ahead of the rush hour, and the snow fell quickly."


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Gillham says the snow will turn into rain as the evening progresses.

Wind gusts up to 80 km/h are possible through the evening with the initial push of moisture, and will strengthen again midday Friday as the cold front makes its way through.

The wintry conditions are courtesy of merging systems that will bring active weather to a large portion of the province.

"A Colorado Low and Alberta Clipper will join forces and bring stormy weather to Ontario Thursday through Saturday with snow, rain, wind and even the slight chance of some thunder," says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese. "This is a complex system that will dump everything but the kitchen sink in southern Ontario, but will be a potent winter storm with heavy snow and winds in northern Ontario."

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