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Sorry, Canada: Big cool down on the way

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    Thursday, December 5, 2013, 9:03 PM -

    It's already cold in western Canada, but buckle up -- because it's about to get even colder. Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon says it's part of a trend that's gripping a large part of North America.

    The temperature dip will be especially steep in southern Ontario, which recorded a high of 15.6°C at Pearson Airport on Thursday.

    "Mild air affected southern Ontario Wednesday night into Thursday morning ahead of a strong low pressure that brought heavy snow to northwestern Ontario and caused traffic snarls in southern US states," Dillon says.

    "Temperatures will slide through the evening to near freezing, bringing the potential for snow showers overnight."

    Below-seasonal temperatures will invade a large part of Canada and the U.S. starting Friday.

    "Arctic air from the Prairies is filtering southward into the deep south of the U.S.," Dillon says. "The frigid temperatures could last for as long as two weeks in many places."

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

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