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Wednesday February 6th, 2013

Posted at 5:39pm

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ENDED:  Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Windsor-Essex and much of Southwestern Ontario.

They say an Alberta clipper currently tracking southeastward through the Dakotas is expected to track across the US midwest tonight and Thursday then track just south of Lake Erie on Friday.

Snow ahead of this clipper will start spreading into Southern Ontario from Michigan and Lake Huron on Thursday with perhaps a couple cm of snow by Thursday evening in a swath of regions extending from Lake Huron to Western Lake Ontario.

As the clipper gets closer, latest indications suggest it will intensify Thursday night, with an expanding area of heavier snow expected to move into most of Southern and Eastern Ontario.
Some freezing rain and ice pellets are possible over the extreme southwest.

Snow, heavy at times is now expected to continue into Friday as the clipper sails by just south of the Great Lakes.

Many parts of Southern and Eastern Ontario may receive 15 cm of snow from this system. Some areas may receive higher amounts, depending on the exact track and intensity of this low. Snow amounts will be somewhat lower over the extreme southwest due to some freezing rain and ice pellets. Extreme northern areas from Parry Sound to the

Brisk easterly winds will also result in blowing snow in exposed areas Thursday night and Friday.

Travelling conditions will deteriorate and become hazardous in the snow and blowing snow Thursday night and Friday. There may be a significant impact on the commute to work on Friday morning in areas of heavier snow.

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