Snow squall warning in effect for much of the area

Another winter storm is on the way.

Environment Canada has issued snow squall warnings for much of area, including parts of Durham Region (Beaverton, Uxbridge), York Region (Georgina, Newmarket) and Simcoe County (Lagoon City and Orillia).

“Snow squalls are expected to develop overnight and continue through Wednesday. Furthermore, strong northwest winds gusting to 50 km/h will result in blowing snow,” the warning for Durham/York reads.

“Total local snowfall amounts near 15 cm are possible by Wednesday evening when the squalls are expected to shift out of the region and gradually weaken. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.”

The warning for Lagoon City and Orillia notes that local snowfall amounts of 20 to 35 cm are possible by Thursday morning when the squalls are forecast to gradually weaken.

“Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Road closures are possible,” that warning reads.

A weather advisory is also in effect for Lindsay and the south end of Kawartha Lakes.

“Snow squalls will be possible overnight into Wednesday morning as strong winds help snow bands penetrate far inland from Georgian Bay. Travel may be hazardous at times due to heavy and blowing snow reducing visibilities and rapidly changing conditions,” the advisory reads.

“Local snowfall amounts of near 10 cm will be possible by late Wednesday morning when the squalls move out of the region.”

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