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Snow squalls could make for tricky evening commute in Ontario, risk to continue through weekend

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Friday, February 7, 2014, 2:14 PM -

Commuters across Ontario are being told to prepare for a potentially dangerous drive home, as snow squalls may produce periods of low visibility. 

Lake effect snow will continue off Lake Ontario affecting areas like Picton, Kingston and Cobourg.


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Winds will generally be out of the southwest today allowing squalls at times to meander over Lake Ontario and subsequently bring periods of heavy snow and low visibility. 

"Lake effect snow squalls off Lake Ontario will be a threat for Highway 401 drivers when snow bands make their way on-shore from the Trenton to Brockville area, especially with the winds gusting to 70 km/h through the day," warns Matthew Grinter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. 

At times, squalls may also occur off of Georgian Bay, but drivers can expect those to be less intense and less frequent. 


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Residents across southern Ontario can expect this unsettled pattern to persist throughout the weekend. 

"A Clipper-like system will scoot across southern Ontario Saturday night into Sunday, bringing a light dusting of snow," adds Dayna Vettese, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "A couple of centimetres at most are in the forecast -- nothing like the snow storm we saw on Wednesday. The snow will be light so some blowing and drifting is possible in open areas." 

Be sure to check back as we bring you the latest on this developing system. To watch user-submitted active weather videos, click here.

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