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Remembering Ontario's 2008 storms when the 'highs' were -25 Celsius

Monday, December 21st 2020, 5:45 am - Remembering the dangerously aggressive snowstorm conditions in Ontario during December 2008.

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In December 2008, Ontario was given some rough winter conditions. Storm activity started from the 14th and 15th, bringing 15 to 25 centimetres of snow and bitterly cold air to northwestern Ontario.

During that period, the "highs" of the day were minus-25 Celsius and the lows were low at minus-36 Celsius.

The storm energy moved to Southern Ontario, which was stuck in a storm track from December 17 until the end of the month.

Four storm systems made their way across the jet stream from the American southwest to the lower Great Lakes area. Ontario was pummeled with 10 to 25 cm of snow on December 17, 19, 21, and 24. The storm also brought chaotic winds, which created unsafe travel conditions during a busy time of year.

Snowy cars Courtesy: The Weather Network

On Sunday, December 21, Southern Ontario received an additional 15 centimetres of snow which was blown around by 70 km/hour winds. These conditions led to more than 80 accidents.

Unfortunately, the next round of storm energy caused more accidents to occur. But these storms came with weird temperature patterns.

Listen to today's episode of "This Day In Weather History" to hear about the 30-degree swing that took place in less than a week.

This Day In Weather History is a daily podcast by The Weather Network that features unique and informative stories from host Chris Mei.

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