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A skinny band of snow squalls is heading towards the Greater Toronto Area, and packing enough intensity to make the Friday commute one to watch.

Blowing, drifting snow creates hazardous road conditions across Southern Ontario


Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Friday, January 9, 2015, 12:09 PM - A skinny band of snow squalls is heading towards the Greater Toronto Area, and packing enough intensity to make the Friday commute one to watch. Snow squall warnings were widespread across the region Friday morning, and have plagued travel in southern Ontario all week.

"Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow," said Environment Canada in a snow squall warnings which included the Grey-Bruce area, Kingston, Muskoka, Niagara and Cornwall. "Local snow amounts of 10 to 15 cm are quite possible from the strongest snow squalls.


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"Hazardous winter driving conditions due to very low to nil visibility in bursts of heavy snow and blowing snow are expected."

Highway 21 near Lake Huron remains closed due to weather conditions this morning.


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"With the frigid westerly winds off Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, snow squalls will develop once again Friday through to Saturday morning for the Snow Belt regions east of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay," says Weather Network meteorologist Brad Rousseau. "Additional road closures are possible once again Friday mainly for Hwy 21."

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Motorists should consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. 

For live forecast updates, watch The Weather Network on TV

Be sure to check our Highway Report for current conditions before heading out.

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