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After a brief warm-up in southern Ontario, temps set to take a nosedive Friday night. That means all of the rain that has fallen is going to freeze up once again. Drivers urged to exercise caution with dangerous road conditions expected.

Southern Ontario weekend weather: Wind gusts and chilly temps

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 3:36 PM -

A sharp cold front has put an end to the spring like storm that moved through southern Ontario on Thursday.

Now, the region is experiencing noticeably cooler temperatures and strong winds.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for a large swath of the region Friday, warning of potentially damaging winds in some areas -- particularly the Hamilton, Simcoe and Niagara regions.

Forecasters are also keeping an eye on the roads as temperatures drop.

"There's the potential for more ice to develop as temperatures plunge through Friday," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani, "so all the rain that has fallen is going to freeze once again, creating dangerous conditions on the roads Friday night."

Winds are expected to ease a bit on Saturday, but it will remain gusty and cool through Saturday.

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"Here we go again," says Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham.

"We're going to have record breaking cold from the central Prairies into Ontario. We'll have cross polar flow, meaning the air masses will be originating in Siberia coming directly over the pole and into Canada."

Gillham adds that bitterly cold temperatures will end February and continue into early March, "and at this point the long range for the month of March is showing widespread below seasonal temperatures."

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