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Say it ain’t snow! Ontario communities get blast of winter in final days of summer

QMI Agency

Stephen Wilson posted a photo of the snow in Geraldton, Ont., to Twitter on September 17, 2014. (<a href="https://twitter.com/GeraldtonSteve" target="blank">@GeraldtonSteve Twitter photo</a>)

Stephen Wilson posted a photo of the snow in Geraldton, Ont., to Twitter on September 17, 2014. (@GeraldtonSteve Twitter photo)

Many residents in northern Ontario woke up to a summer snowfall Wednesday morning.

Although it has felt like fall, despite the first day of autumn not being until Sept. 23, fluffy white snow fell overnight.

It covered a long swath above Lake Superior that stretched from the east end of the province past the Manitoba border.

A big chunk of the region had been under a frost advisory because of an Arctic cold front. Temperatures were expected to drop below freezing Wednesday night as well.

Stephen Wilson, a high school teacher in Geraldton, located about 250 km northeast of Thunder Bay, tweeted photos of the morning snowfall. One shot showed a ruler in the snow indicating about 10 cm of snow in his yard.

"Yuck," Wilson tweeted with the photo. In another tweet, he used the hashtag #Septdecember.

But Ontario's first snowfall wasn't nearly as bad as the blast of winter that hit Calgary and southern parts of Alberta last week, bringing the city to a standstill. The snow on tree branches still covered with green leaves downed powerlines.

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