Snow squall warning remains in effect

A snow squall warning remains in effect for much of the area.

Environment Canada has updated 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 continue today. Furthermore, strong northwest winds gusting to 50 km/h will result in blowing snow. Additional local snowfall amounts near 15 cm are possible by late this evening when the squalls are expected to gradually weaken,” the warning for Durham/York reads.

“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.”

More snow is expected in parts of Simcoe County.

“Snow squalls are forecast to persist into the overnight hours, with the most intense snow squalls expected this morning and afternoon. Furthermore, strong northwest winds gusting to 60 km/h will result in widespread blowing snow,” the warning reads.

Additional local snowfall amounts of 20 to 35 cm are possible by Thursday morning. The snow squalls are forecast to gradually weaken overnight and Thursday morning. 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.”

An extreme cold warning has been instituted in much of Kawartha Lakes.

“Wind chill values of minus 30 are expected tonight into Thursday morning. Extreme cold puts everyone at risk,” it reads.

“Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes. Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.”

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