Snow And High Winds Will Hit Niagara Region And Various Other Parts Of Ontario Today

Various weather watches and warnings have been posted throughout southern Ontario. Damaging wind and large snowfall totals are expected in Niagara Region while other parts willget substantial snowfall. Below is what you need to know:

4:45 AM EST Wednesday 06 December 2017
Snow squall watch in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region

Latest indications suggest that conditions may become favourable for snow squalls from Eastern Lake Erie to develop late this afternoon and especially this evening. The greatest threat of snow squalls appears to be confined to areas near the Lake Erie shoreline from just east of Port Colborne to Fort Erie. Local snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm are possible in the most persistent snow squalls. Motorists should be prepared for sudden very low visibility due to bursts of heavy snow and occasional blowing snow in the strongest snow squalls. Snow squalls may move just to the south of the Niagara Peninsula on Wednesday evening.

4:43 AM EST Wednesday 06 December 2017
Wind warning in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring. Very strong southwest winds with frequent gusts near 90 km/h continue into early this morning, but will slowly begin to diminish later this morning. Latest indications show that the 90 km/h gusts will be limited to shoreline areas near Eastern Lake Erie. Locales further inland such as Niagara Falls and Welland may have peak wind gusts of 80 to 85 km/h.

4:47 AM EST Wednesday 06 December 2017
Snow squall warning in effect for:

  • Bracebridge – Gravenhurst
  • Port Carling – Port Severn
  • Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake
  • Hanover – Dundalk – Southern Grey County
  • Owen Sound – Blue Mountains – Northern Grey County
  • Saugeen Shores – Kincardine – Southern Bruce County

Snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate. Snow squalls coming inland off of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay are expected to develop this morning. Local snowfall amounts of 15 cm are expected in the heaviest snow squalls. Dangerous winter driving conditions from near zero visibility in bursts of heavy snow and blowing snow are expected in the snow squalls. Snow squalls are expected to continue through tonight into Thursday.

Photo Credits: Environment Canada

 

Posted in News, Scott Fox