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Good morning Barrie! Snow squall watch in effect

Some areas could get more than 15 cm
jan 4
Environment Canada says the greater threat today could be strong winds which will cause blowing snow. Sue Sgambati/BarrieToday

Snow squall watch in effect for Barrie and surrounding areas.

Flurries with risk of snow squalls, blowing snow, local amount 10 to 15 cm, wind gusting to 70 kn/h early this afternoon and the temperature falling to minus 6.

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

4:46 AM EST Wednesday 04 January 2017

Snow squall watch in effect for:

  • Barrie - Collingwood - Hillsdale
  • Midland - Coldwater - Orr Lake
  • Orillia - Lagoon City - Washago

Snow squalls are expected to develop to the east of Georgian Bay this morning as much colder air arrives.

While accumulations are expected to exceed 15 cm in some locales, the greater threat will be the strong gusty westerly winds which will cause extensive blowing snow and potential whiteout conditions.

The snow squalls are expected to remain north of the city of Barrie today but may move south over the city tonight.

Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.

Road closures are possible.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

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