Rough weather on the way Monday night

Area residents may want to brace for some rough weather Monday (Dec. 6) night.

A snow squall watch is in effect overnight in parts of Durham Region, York Region and Kawartha Lakes.

“A sharp cold front will usher in fresh arctic air this afternoon setting up ideal conditions for lake effect snow squalls,” the post from Environment Canada reads.

“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Road closures are possible.”

Snowfall accumulations exceeding 15 cm in 12 hours are possible.

“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Travel may also be hazardous due to very low visibility in bursts of heavy snow and blowing snow,” the post reads.

A Special Weather Advisory has also been issued for the area, noting that strong winds with gusts of 70 to 80 km/h are expected through the evening.

“Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees.
Power outages are possible,” the notice reads.

In addition to a snow squall watch, a wind warning is in effect in parts of Simcoe County with gusts up to 90 km/h.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break,” the warning reads.

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