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Environment Canada warns of winter storms heading for southern Ontario and Quebec

Environment Canada warns of winter storms heading for southern Ontario and Quebec

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OTTAWA — Environment Canada is warning residents of southern Ontario and Quebec to prepare for a winter storm, prompting some school boards to review their plans to reopen classrooms on Monday.

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The federal forecaster says a low-pressure system around the Great Lakes could dump snow on parts of Ontario starting Sunday evening, while a brewing storm in the United States heads into southern Quebec. .

Snowfall and storm warnings are in effect across much of Ontario, with areas like Niagara, Kingston and Ottawa expected to see up to 40 centimeters between Sunday night and Monday night.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board told parents Sunday evening that students will continue to learn remotely on Monday due to the weather, instead of resuming in-person classes as planned.

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The provincial government temporarily moved schools online after the winter break due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and had announced that classrooms would reopen on Monday.

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The Toronto District School Board is also warning that a snow day is possible on Monday and says that if it happens, students should plan to attend classes remotely.

The weather agency says the Greater Toronto Area should prepare for up to 20 centimeters of snow as well as wind gusts as strong as 60 kilometers per hour, and commuters should expect roads difficult Monday morning.

Quebec, meanwhile, can expect to see up to 35 centimeters of snow in some areas, including the Laurentians.

Snow is expected to start falling across the province overnight Sunday and early Monday.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 16, 2022.