Snow squall warnings and watches in effect through the area

Snow squall warnings and watches are in effect for parts of Simcoe County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Environment Canada has issued a snow squall warning for Orillia, Lagoon City and Washago, as well as areas to the west of Lake Simcoe.

“Snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate. Snow squalls continuing through tonight,” the warning reads.

“Local snowfall amounts of 10 to 25 cm are possible. These snow squalls are expected to shift early this evening as the winds become northwesterly. Snow squalls will become more isolated on Thursday morning.”

Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution.

“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations,” the warning reads.

“Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.”

A snow squall watch is in effect for Fenelon Falls and the northern part of Kawartha Lakes.

“Snow squalls are expected to develop this evening. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow, and snow will quickly accumulate,” it reads.

“Ten to 15 centimetres of snow is possible by Thursday morning. Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.”

 

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