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More snow squalls to hit southern Ontario, 15+ cm possible

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    Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 9:34 AM -

    Persistent snow squalls blasted parts of southwestern Ontario last weekend, bringing up to 70 cm of snow to some areas.

    Now, as residents continue to dig out, more snow squalls are expected to develop on Wednesday.

    "Conditions will become favourable again for snow squalls to develop in a stiff northwesterly flow of fresh cold Arctic air off of Lake Huron by this afternoon," says Environment Canada in a Wednesday morning statement. "The snow squalls may intensify into a single stronger band by this evening and this band may persist much of tonight."

    According to EC, snowfall amounts of 15 cm per 12 hours are possible in the heaviest snow squalls.

    "Local accumulations could reach 30 cm or more should the snow squall become stationary tonight as suggested by some computer models," EC adds.

    The strongest snow squall is expected to affect areas between London and Strathroy.

    "However there is potential for this snow squall to affect the City of London as well today and tonight. This snow squall may also affect St. Thomas tonight," says EC.

    A special weather statement was also issued for areas further north with the potential for snow squalls to develop off Georgian Bay.

    Motorists are being urged to prepare for dangerous driving conditions as roads deteriorate throughout the day.

    "Blowing snow is expected as winds pick up and intensify through the afternoon and evening hours," warns Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.

    Near zero visibility can be expected in bursts of heavy and quickly accumulating snow.

    Meanwhile, heavy snow has been falling across much of eastern Ontario with up to 25 cm expected by the time all is said and done.

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