Snowstorms, freezing rain, and ice storms are likely to occur across Canada throughout the winter season. They can last between a few hours to several days. These winter storms can develop quickly and threaten life and property. Certain hazards associated include poor visibility, low temperatures and high winds.
In Canada, blizzards with high winds happen most often in the Prairies, eastern Arctic and eastern Ontario. Heavy snowfalls are commonplace in British Columbia, the Atlantic provinces, southern and eastern Quebec and areas around the Great Lakes. Freezing rain, on the other hand, can take place anywhere across the nation, but most often in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. Hailstorms happen all over Canada, though they are most frequent in Alberta, the southern Prairies and in southern Ontario.