The first big winter storm of the season hit Southwestern Ontario on Monday, causing slippery roads, reduced visibility and many accidents on streets and highways across the province. Environment Canada has issued advisories, watches and warnings for Monday night. Here comes the shopping list…
Weather advisory in effect for:
- Guelph – Erin – Southern Wellington County
- Kitchener – Cambridge – Region of Waterloo
- Brantford – County of Brant
- Woodstock – Tillsonburg – Oxford County
Snow, heavy at times, will continue through the evening. Snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 cm are possible by the time the snow ends late tonight. Travel will be impacted tonight due to accumulating snow.
Snow squall watch in effect for:
- Listowel – Milverton – Northern Perth County
- Stratford – Mitchell – Southern Perth County
- London – Parkhill – Eastern Middlesex County
Lake effect snow squalls are possible Tuesday afternoon.
In the wake of a cold front, a blast of cold arctic air is expected to flow over the relatively warm waters of Lake Huron on Tuesday.
Flurries and local snow squalls are expected to begin Tuesday afternoon and continue into Wednesday.
Local snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm per 12 hours are possible along with local blowing snow reducing visibilities to near zero.
Local snow squalls are expected to taper off when the winds shift to southwest on Wednesday.
Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
Snow squall watches are issued when conditions are favourable for the formation of bands of snow that could produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.
Snowfall warning in effect for:
- Burlington – Oakville
Significant snowfall tonight.
Snow, heavy at times, will continue tonight. Total snowfall amounts of 15 cm are likely by late tonight.
Travel will be impacted tonight due to accumulating snow as well as locally reduced visibility in snow.
Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.
Winter storm warning in effect for:
- City of Hamilton
Snowfall with total amounts of 25 to 30 cm is expected.
Snow, heavy at times, will continue this evening. Northeast winds off of Lake Ontario combined with the higher terrain of the Niagara escarpment will lead to local snowfall enhancement from near Hamilton eastward across northern Niagara. These areas could see total snowfall amounts of 25 to 30 cm by early Tuesday morning.
Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
If you must travel on Wednesday night or Tuesday morning, please give yourself some extra time, make sure you have a winter emergency kit and travel safely.
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