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Snow squalls result in multi-vehicle pileup near Napanee, Ont.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 11:35 AM -

Police closed Highway 401 in both directions near Napanee on Wednesday morning after roughly 20 vehicles were involved in a pileup.

Officials say about six people were taken to hospital.

According to Napanee Fire Chief Terry Gervais, the accident scene was spread over about half a kilometre and may have been two chain-reaction crashes.

A bus was sent out to pick up and shelter stranded motorists.

Snow squalls were hitting the region at the time, significantly reducing visibility and leading to dangerous road conditions. 

Environment Canada issued a statement early Wednesday warning of the continuing snow squalls. 

"Multiple snow squalls will continue in a stiff and cold west to southwest flow off Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario," EC said. 

"Wednesday will be the last day for snow squalls this week with an additional 5-15 cm possible in some areas," adds Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Blowing snow is also a threat throughout southern Ontario on Wednesday and light snow showers may linger into the northern Greater Toronto Area at times."

EC issued a special weather statement warning of reduced visibilities in blowing snow for much of southern Ontario Wednesday. 

ALBERTA CLIPPER ON THURSDAY

An Alberta Clipper is expected to move into northern Ontario Thursday morning, impacting the GTA later in the day.

"There's the potential for light snow for the Thursday evening commute, but the clippper will bring 2-5 cm of snow overnight Thursday through Friday morning."

That means the morning drive to work on Friday could be a messy one, Vaswani adds.

Higher amounts of snow are expected in northern Ontario with blowing snow a concern once again through the day Thursday.

WEEKEND SYSTEM

"A second system is expected to move in on Saturday and this one is more typical of a Colorado low," explains Vaswani. "That means it will likely be moisture laden."

Currently, models are in disagreement as to where the mixing line will be given this storm will bring milder air into the region.

"As a result, mixing is possible and is currently in the forecast for the GTA," Vaswani adds.


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WARM UP ON THE WAY

Bitter cold temperatures have continued to grip much of Ontario with many places seeing wind chill values in the -30s.

"As temperatures really start to warm in the United States on Thursday, so does southern Ontario, the Ottawa Valley and even into eastern Canada," says Jaclyn Whittal, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "In fact, by the time we're into Saturday evening we see temperatures just slightly below the zero degree mark and that's a far cry from where Toronto has been this week."


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