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Superbowl Sunday Severe Snow Squalls

Lake Huron Shore, Ontario - Feb. 04, 2007

Environment Canada had issued numerous warning for southern Ontario including wind chill warnings, snow squall warnings and a blizzard warning. To me, this sounded like a perfect night for a drive to the countryside. The conditions were perfect for lake effect snow squalls. When cold, dry air passes over a relatively warm body of water (Like the Great Lakes), the air picks up moisture and can dump it onto the surrounding land as snow. Tonight, there was one, perfect band of snow coming off the Georgian Bay region of Lake Huron and it was pummeling an area between Midland and Wasaga Beach. Part of highway 92 was totally closed due to the conditions but we pressed on anyway and experienced some of the worst visibility I've ever seen. At times the heavy, blowing snow was so thick that I couldn't even see the end of the hood of my truck.
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Heavy lake effect snow.

Mark looking around at Balm Beach.

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Road Closed due to white-out conditions up the road.

Radar image of the single, intense snow squall.