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PHOTOS: Mighty winds, robust snow squalls plow through southern Ontario

Tuesday, December 7th 2021, 11:53 am - Blustery wind gusts of 70-80 km/h, locally as high as 90 km/h in snow squalls near Lake Huron, made for difficult travel with poor visibility and slippery roads in parts of southern Ontario to start the week.

After a powerful low delivered a rainy and icy wallop to Ontario Sunday, the wintry weather wasn't finished with southern sections of the province on Monday.

The start to the new work week was rather blustery and snowy across southern Ontario. Thanks to the development of powerful west-northwest winds in the wake of a sharp cold front, fresh Arctic air ushered in and sparked potent snow squalls near Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

Some of the lake-effect bands meandered south into the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in the afternoon and evening. Coupled with wind gusts of 70-80 km/h, locally as high as 90 km/h in squalls near Lake Huron, this made for difficult travel with poor visibility and slippery roads in parts of the southern sections of the province Monday.

These wind gusts whipped up large waves on the Great Lakes.

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The winds remained strong through Tuesday morning, with gusts expected to gradually ease by the afternoon hours.

Local areas in the snowbelt regions were expected to receive between 15-30 cm where squalls remain locked, by the time they wind down later Tuesday.

Meanwhile, on-and-off squalls will stick around the Parry Sound area and Lake Huron shores Wednesday. With a southerly flow developing, new bands may develop along lakes Erie and Ontario shores, targeting Niagara and Kingston, especially.

Here is a selection of visuals that are currently making the rounds on social media.

Thumbnail courtesy of Oliver Vazquez-Gomez, taken in Woodstock, Ont.

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