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There's a risk for snow squalls over parts of southern Ontario late Friday, which could produce local snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm per 12 hours.

Snow squall risk in southern Ontario late Friday, up to 20 cm possible

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    Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:08 AM -

    Environment Canada issued a snow squall watch for parts of southern Ontario early Friday with the potential for squalls to develop through the overnight into Saturday.

    "Cold westerly wind over the open water of the Great Lakes could result in the development of snow squalls east of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay," EC says in their statement.

    The heavy snow squalls could produce local snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm per 12 hours, EC warns.

    Very low visibility in snow and blowing snow will be accompanied with these snow squalls, so motorists are urged to exercise caution as untreated roads may become snow covered and slippery.

    The risk for snow will remain mostly north of Toronto, but a major cool down is still in store for the city this weekend.

    Toronto's Pearson airport reached a record high of 15.6°C on Thursday, with temperatures expected to hover around the freezing mark for the next several days.

    "We're also keeping an eye on system pushing in from the U.S. that could bring a messy mix to the region on Monday," says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon.

    Visit the Alerts section of the website to keep on top of watches and warnings across the country.

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