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PHOTOS: Mighty winds, robust snow squalls plow through southern Ontario

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PHOTOS: Mighty winds, robust snow squalls plow through southern Ontario
PHOTOS: Mighty winds, robust snow squalls plow through southern Ontario

After a powerful low delivered a rainy and icy wallop to Ontario Sunday, the wintry weather wasn't finished with southern sections of the province on Monday.

The start to the new work week was rather blustery and snowy across southern Ontario. Thanks to the development of powerful west-northwest winds in the wake of a sharp cold front, fresh Arctic air ushered in and sparked potent snow squalls near Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

Some of the lake-effect bands meandered south into the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in the afternoon and evening. Coupled with wind gusts of 70-80 km/h, locally as high as 90 km/h in squalls near Lake Huron, this made for difficult travel with poor visibility and slippery roads in parts of the province Monday.

These wind gusts whipped up large waves on the Great Lakes.

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The winds will remain intense overnight and through Tuesday, with widespread gusts of 50-70 km/h, peaking in the morning and slowly dissipating into the afternoon.

The squalls will continue to meander through Monday overnight, with some local bands continuing through Tuesday afternoon. Local areas in the snowbelt regions could receive 15-30 cm where squalls remain locked, by the time they wind down. Snow squall and wind warnings remain in effect.

Meanwhile, on-and-off squalls will stick around the Parry Sound area and Lake Huron shores Wednesday. With a southerly flow developing, new bands may develop along lakes Erie and Ontario shores, targeting Niagara and Kingston, especially.

Here is a selection of visuals that are currently making the rounds on social media.

Thumbnail courtesy of Oliver Vazquez-Gomez, taken in Woodstock, Ont.

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