Ontario blizzard: Up to 40 cm may fall on Sunday

A significant winter storm is on its way to Ontario that could dump up to 40 inches of snow in some regions and cause treacherous driving conditions.

According to Environment Canada, snow is expected to arrive across southern Ontario Sunday night and will “spread rapidly northeast through the day Monday.”

The Weather Agency says snow will fall sharply at times, with speeds of a few inches per hour possible. The wind is also expected to blow up to 50 km / h on Monday afternoon, causing poor visibility due to snow drifts.

“Traveling is likely to be difficult due to the expected heavy snow,” Environment Canada said.

Regions such as Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Welland, Grimsby, Kingston, Ottawa, Peterborough, Brockville, Tweed and Cornwall should be prepared for anywhere between 25 and 40 inches of snow.

Maximum snowfall of two to five inches per hour is possible Monday morning to Monday afternoon, Environment Canada said.

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Residents of these regions are encouraged to avoid traveling if possible.

“There can be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas,” Environment Canada said.

In Toronto, snowfall of 10 to 20 inches of snow has been forecast from Sunday night to Monday, but Environment Canada said “higher amounts can not be ruled out.”

Pickering, Oshawa, Durham Region, Uxbridge, Beaverton, Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham should expect similar snowfall.

Monday is the first day Ontario students are to return to personal learning across Ontario.

Conditions are expected to improve on Monday night as the snow is coming to an end.

For more information, visit our weather page.

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