Brace yourself Ontario, winter is coming. Several snow squall warnings are in effect for southern Ontario, including Barrie, Orillia, Midland, Coldwater, Orr Lake, Washago, Lagoon City, and Hillsdale. According to The Weather Network, the storms first began to develop off of lake Superior and Huron, in addition to Georgian Bay on Wednesday afternoon. Travel conditions are supposed to deteriorate significantly under the most intense bands through Thursday morning.

So, who is going to get the worse of it today? Well, the heaviest snowfall, up to 15 centimetres, is expected to hit areas like Sault Ste. Marie, Midland, Orillia, and the Dundalk Highlands, where the storms are predicted to be the strongest and last the longest.

However, other less affected southern regions are still looking out for at least 10 centimetres of snow thanks to the storm.

Thursday morning commutes on Highway 400 and 404 are also expected to be challenging as visibility is likely to be low.

However, Environment Canada noted that the snowstorms are expected to weaken on Thursday morning with an additional 5 centimetres of snow possible by the afternoon. 

“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common,” a description from the weather agency reads.

Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times due to heavy snow and blowing snow.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility. 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,” it adds.

A potent clipper system is also predicted to sweep its way across southern Ontario on Thursday evening and into Friday, bringing an onslaught of wet snow during the morning commute into the GTA.

Thankfully, total accumulation isn’t supposed to surpass 2 to 5 centimetres.

However, it will likely be enough to make for slippery conditions, especially on untreated and highly travelled roads. So, delays are to be expected.


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