Winter isn't just coming to Ontario — it's slamming the province with so much force you expect it to bring the White Walkers along in its wake.
A snow squall blew in from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and wreaked havoc in the province's southern areas on Thursday, causing whiteout conditions on the roads and a massive pileup of almost 60 vehicles on Highway 400 near Barrie.
Another pileup of 29 vehicles happened on Highway 7A in Port Perry, about an hour's drive northwest of Toronto, CTV News reported.
Numerous squalls are expected throughout the province as an Arctic front brings in heavy snow flurries, according to Environment Canada. Affected areas will see two to four centimetres of snow and drivers should be prepared for low visibility on the roads.
A CTV chopper captured a spectacular photo of a squall north of Toronto.
Check out this incredible photo of the snow squall just north of Toronto taken from the CTV Toronto chopper pic.twitter.com/z37h7mJ5Go— CTV Toronto (@CTVToronto) February 27, 2014
Environment Canada has issued snow squall warnings for areas including Brockville, Kingston and the Grey-Bruce region. Snow squall watches are in effect for Barrie, London, and the Parry Sound-Muskoka and Smiths Falls regions.
There is also a wind chill warning for the City of Toronto and temperatures could go as low as -30 or -35 C across most of southern Ontario.
News outlets and social media users captured some spectacular images of winter's wrath as it moved across the province.
10 minutes ago it was so bright and sunny I needed shades. Now, in the middle of a surprise snow squall. FU nature. pic.twitter.com/iUuPptpUOd— Adam Stanley (@n_adam_stanley) February 27, 2014
Holy Crapola! Major snow squall outside! Can hardly see across the street!
Think I'll work from home today. pic.twitter.com/DP1bZHia8L— Lisa (@serpentina66) February 27, 2014
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