Storm sweeps Ontario

Freezing rain coats trees in central Ontario, 30 Dec 2019 (South Simcoe Police)

Ontario is so large and sprawling that it’s rare one storm could impact most of the province but that’s what happened Sunday into Monday.

A large low pressure system brought severe winds to the southwest, hours of freezing rain in the east and heavy snow in the northwest.

Temperatures also soared briefly in the Greater Toronto Area with a new record high of 10.2°C set at Pearson Airport.

Freezing rain duration in hours:

  • Ottawa Int’l Airport – 22
  • Sudbury – 20
  • CFB Trenton – 18

Snowfall in cm:

  • Marathon – 37
  • Thunder Bay – 30
  • Atikokan – 18

Maximum wind gusts in km/h:

  • Chatham-Kent – 104
  • Windsor – 100
  • Toronto Billy Bishop Airport – 81

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Northeastern Ontario burning

ON fire

Helicopter drops water on eastern flank of Parry Sound 33 fire, 30 July 2018 (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)

A forest fire in northeastern Ontario is edging dangerously close to the Trans Canada Highway which links the northern and southern parts of the province.

Known as Parry Sound 33, the fire has burned more than 100 square kilometres since it began on 18 July and smoke has been creating poor air quality.

Many small communities, south of Greater Sudbury, are either being evacuated or are on alert to leave at a moment’s notice.

More than 600 firefighters from across North America have arrived to help battle this blaze and dozens of others across the region.

White Mother’s Day in NE Ontario

Man uses a snowblower in Timmins, ON, 12 May 2013 (Timmins Press)

Man uses a snowblower in Timmins, ON, 12 May 2013 (Timmins Press)

An unseasonably late winter storm dumped heavy snow over Northeastern Ontario on Sunday.

This storm resulted in quite the white Mother’s Day with conditions more typical of winter rather than mid-May.

Snowfall warnings have since ended as the heavy snow has moved away into Western Quebec.

Timmins received 26 cm, Chapleau had 32 cm, Kapuskasing had 8 cm and even somewhat southerly Sault Ste. Marie picked up 7 cm of snow.