Winter storm blasts region

Borderland was blanketed by about 5.8 cm (2.3 inches) of snow yesterday evening and overnight, but we’re still well below the seasonal average.
Yesterday’s storm left the total snowfall for December at 30 cm (11.8 inches), which is about 8.4 cm (3.3 inches) above normal.
But for the seasonal total of 34.5 cm (13.6 inches) is about 27 cm (10.6 inches) below the normal of 61.5 cm (24.2 inches).
The total snow depth is now 22.9 cm (nine inches).
No highways were reported closed in Northwestern Ontario as of press time, but Highway 11 from Seine River village through to Fort Frances, as well as from Barwick to Rainy River, was reported as snow-covered, with fair or poor visibility in some places.
Strong south winds during the storm averaged as high as 31 km/h (19.3 m.p.h.), making temperatures of minus-15 (five) last night feel more like minus-26 (14 below).
Normal temperatures for Dec. 19 are minus-eight (17) and minus-19 (three below).
More snow was expected to fall today, but with a possible accumulation of less than one cm.

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