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Northern Ontario gets hammered by April Fools’ storm

Residents in Northwestern Ontario are digging out after record snowfall on Monday.
Residents in Northwestern Ontario are digging out after record snowfall on Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

TORONTO – Though southern Ontario is basking in the much-welcomed seasonal temperatures, northern Ontario is dealing with snow — again.

It was no April Fools’ joke to residents in northwestern Ontario after a massive snowfall and freezing rain hammered the region. Sioux Lookout received 47 cm on Monday, beating a daily total record of 40.6 cm set on Nov. 16, 1941. As of 2 p.m. Tuesday a total of 55 cm had fallen on the city.

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Armstrong received 49 cm as of Tuesday afternoon, bringing their snow depth to 1 metre.

Dryden received around 40 to 45 cm, and Pickle Lake, another 30 cm.

The centre of the storm had moved out of the region by Tuesday afternoon, but more flurries are expected this evening.

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