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IN PHOTOS: Squalls blast parts of southern Ontario with 30+ cm of snow

Sunday, January 24th 2021, 3:30 pm - January-like temperatures have tightened their grip on southern Ontario, and stiff winds also brought intense snowsqualls streaming into the traditional snowbelt areas Friday and Saturday.

Much of southern Ontario certainly felt properly January-like Friday and Saturday, with plunging temperatures and, for areas hit by squalls, very heavy squalls.

Areas on and a little inland of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay grappled with on-and-off squalls Friday and Saturday, with substantial accumulations making for difficult travel, while much of the rest of the south spent the day beneath clear but cold skies.

Substantial snowfall amounts in parts of the snowbelt regions began to surface as of Sunday morning. Most worthy of note was several unconfirmed reports of accumulations exceeding 50 cm in the Wasaga Beach area.

snowsquall summary

What has been confirmed so far are the following:

  • Brussels: 38 cm
  • Phelpston: 32.5 cm
  • Lucknow: 27.9 cm
  • Rocklyn: 25.1 cm
  • Flesherton: 22.6 cm
  • Durham: 21.6 cm
  • Barrie: 19
  • Chatsworth: 17.6 cm

"Some snow squalls remained over the same location for long periods of time, which led to substantial snowfall accumulations," Environment Canada says in the summary posted.

Meanwhile, another shot of snow is headed for southern Ontario for Monday night, courtesy of a Texas low, but most of the impacts are expected to be centred in the GTA and Niagara regions because of the track.

See below for shots of the aftermath of the squalls of the past few days.

Thumbnail photo courtesy Bryant Welch, Wasaga Beach, Ont.

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