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Winter travel advisory in effect Friday morning

Environment Canada has issued a winter weather travel advisory for several areas in Ontario.

Locally, advisories have been issued in York-Durham and Peterborough-Kawartha Lakes.

“Snow will continue into the early afternoon. Total snowfall amounts of 5 cm are likely by midday while some locales could see amounts approaching 10 cm,” it reads.

“The morning commute will be impacted due to accumulating snow on untreated surfaces. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination. Conditions will improve this afternoon.”

A snow squall watch has been issued for Orillia, Lagoon City and Washago.

“Lake effect snow squalls are expected to become organized late this afternoon or early this evening and weaken early Saturday morning. Under the heaviest snow squalls, visibilities will be significantly reduced and snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm will be possible,” it reads.

“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.”

Police are urging motorists to drive according to conditions and to make sure their vehicles are cleared of all snow and ice.

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