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Lake Effect Snow Squalls

Downwind of Lake Huron, Ontario - Jan. 02/03 2012

A dome of cold, arctic air brings wind chills of -25C and heavy lake effect snow.

Whenever very cold air passes over the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, a phenomenon known as lake effect snow squalls can occur. These narrow bands of intense snow are very localized, but can drop massive amounts of snow. In addition, these cold winds cause frigid wind chills and poor visibility due to blowing, drifting snow conditions. Mark Robinson and I were out in these conditions for 2 days, filming material for a winter weather episode of the series "Stormhunters" for The Weather Network.

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At Peacekeepers Park, near Canadian Forces Base Borden - Barrie, Ontario.

Driving conditions deteriorating. They got MUCH worse after dark.

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Mark Robinson, helping out.

Snow squalls getting heavier.

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Choppy waves and VERY cold wind chills along the Lake Huron shore at Wasaga Beach.

Areas near London, Ontario received about 40cm of snow.

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Braving the elements in a Southern Ontario snow squall.