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Good morning Barrie! Snow squall watch in effect

Local snowfall amounts near 15 cm possible
2017-12-07 morning pic 2
Better bundle up today. Here's a recent sunrise sky to add some colour to our Thursday. Sue Sgambati/BarrieToday

A snow squall watch is in effect. 

Mainly cloudy today with flurries beginning this morning. Risk of snow squalls late this morning and this afternoon. Local amount 10 to 15 cm. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High minus 1.

Flurries and windy tomorrow. High minus 1.

Periods of snow Saturday. High minus 1. 

Cloudy with a 60 percent chance of flurries Sunday. High minus 3.

Here are the details of the snow squall watch issued by Environment Canada:

3:43 AM EST Thursday 07 December 2017

Snow squall watch in effect for:

  • Barrie - Collingwood - Hillsdale
  • Orillia - Lagoon City - Washago

Snow squalls are expected to develop. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

Conditions are favourable for lake effect snow squalls from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay beginning late this morning.

Flurries early this morning will intensify into snow squalls late this morning into early this afternoon. Local snowfall amounts near 15 cm are possible in the heaviest snow squalls.

Snow squalls will weaken this evening.

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.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ONStorm.