Weather: Wintery conditions continue with snow squall watch and wind chill on the menu

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Mother Nature has only two days to decide whether March will come in like a lion or a lamb. So far, the weather forecast is looking much more leonine.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada’s weather office has a snow squall watch in effect for Sunday. A brief but intense snow squall, associated with the passage of a sharp cold front, is expected to track east across the region beginning late this morning.

The forecast is for mainly cloudy skies with a 40 per cent chance of flurries early this morning.

Flurries, at times heavy,  should begin this morning and then change to a 60 per cent chance of flurries in the afternoon. There will be local blowing snow this morning and early this afternoon, with local amounts of 2 to 4 cm of snow.

Winds will be from the southwest at 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming northwest 30 gusting to 60 this afternoon.The high of -2 C will feel like -14 with the wind chill. UV index 1 or low.

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Tonight, the prediction is for partly cloudy skies with a 60 per cent chance of flurries early this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late this evening, and an overnight low of -22.  Wind chill -13 this evening and -29 overnight. There’s a risk of frostbite.

Monday should be sunny, with winds up to 15 km/h, and a high of -9 C. Wind chill -30 in the morning and -12 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tuesday, March 1 and the rest of the week look to continue the wintery weather, but high temperatures should moderate to the -7 C to -5 C range.

Averages for this date are a high of -2 C and -11 C for the low.

The sun rose at 6:44 a.m. Sunday and sets at 5:46 p.m.

The Rideau Canal Skateway is partially open. The NCC is warning the public to be aware of patches of uneven and rough ice in places.

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