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Deadly 'Snowboob' Envelops Southern Ontario

ImaGeo iconImaGeoBy Tom YulsmanFeb 28, 2014 10:27 PM

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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

I was planning to pack it up early today until I saw this amazing Twitpic on Mashable. Perhaps you've heard of haboobs, intense dust and sand storms that can reach 10,000 feet high. Not uncommon in Phoenix during the monsoon season there, they look like a giant brown wall as they approach. But have you ever imagined a 'snowboob'? It turns out that snow squalls can take on the same appearance as haboobs. The wall of snow in the image above enveloped Toronto and other parts of Southern Ontario yesterday (Feb. 27). Here's another view:

This captures the giant #snowboob squall in Toronto (via CP24) https://t.co/dOcvbA8P0Z — Brian Ries (@moneyries) February 27, 2014

Unfortunately, the giant snow squall caused mayhem for drivers across southern Ontario. Near Barrie, Ontario, north of Toronto, the sudden white-out conditions resulted in a 96-car pileup. And at least one death has been blamed on the wall of snow — to the west in Sarnia. You can find more details at The Toronto Star.

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