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Early risers were having a hard time of it this morning, and now the storm is headed east across the province.

Ontario storm still has a punch

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:18 AM -

Friday night's storm is all but done with the Greater Toronto Area and southwestern Ontario, but the snow and rain it's producing is making its way rapidly across to eastern Ontario.

The snow was tapering off in the GTA even before sunrise, and people in Toronto were waking up to some rain and a light covering of wet snow on their cars and roads, with the city, and neighbouring Durham region, under a freezing rain warning, although that warning dropped by 8 a.m.

Snowfall warnings were also still in effect north and east of the city, stretching through to Ottawa and beyond.

"Heavy snow this morning across eastern Ontario, including Ottawa, into southern Quebec, including Montreal, ending early this afternoon," Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham said Saturday morning.

Aside from the snow that is to fall in eastern Ontario, around to 10 to 15 cm fell in areas north of the GTA, with lesser amounts to the south.

The snowy and rainy conditions made for messy driving for early-morning drivers, with collisions being reported on the 400 series highways in the south of the province.

Reports were coming in of the occasional collision, and workers were out trying to clear the snowier routes.

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Pearson Airport was warning travellers of potential cancellations, advising people to check ahead.

And after the morning's snowfall, plunging temperatures will follow.

"Arctic air arrives for Sunday, and much of the next week, with temperatures five-to-ten degrees below seasonal," Gillham said, adding gusty winds on Sunday will produce a bitter wind chill.

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