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Heavy snow hits northern Ontario, snowfall warnings issued

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Friday, January 3, 2014, 5:33 PM -

Snowfall warnings are in effect for parts of southern Ontario as wintry weather takes hold of the region.

These conditions are expected to persist into the weekend and by the time all is said and done, some communities could see more than 25 cm of snow pile up.

The heavy snow is courtesy of a surface low that has also prompted warnings in western Alberta and the southern Prairies.

"Hazardous winter driving conditions are expected due to accumulating snow on untreated highways," Environment Canada warns in a statement.

"In addition very low visibility in areas of heavier snow and blowing snow in exposed areas are expected. Motorists should adjust travel plans accordingly and allow much extra time to reach their destination."

The snow is expected to move out of northwestern Ontario by Saturday, only to be replaced by cooler temperatures and the potential for wind chill warnings.

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