Blizzard-like conditions come to some parts of Ontario

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Published November 27, 2023 at 8:05 am

Major snowfall affects evening commute most of southern Ontario

It could be a hazardous day on the roads in Ontario — snow squall warnings with blizzard-like conditions are forecasted.

A snow squall warning has been issued by Environment Canada for parts of Ontario starting today (Nov. 27) and continuing into tomorrow (Nov. 28).

This is the first significant snow squall of the season.

“Of particular concern is the potential development of a very intense band of lake effect snow tonight,” Environment Canada says in the warning.

The “intense” snowfall could bring five to 10 centimetres an hour at times, particularly tonight into Tuesday morning, Environment Canada notes.

Local accumulations of 20 to 35 cm, with isolated higher amounts are possible.

The regions impacted by the warning include Barrie, Orillia, Midland, Haliburton, Parry Sound, Muskoka, Peterborough – Kawartha Lakes, Sault Ste. Marie, Superior East, and Grey Bruce County including Bruce Peninsula, Sauble Beach, Tobermory,

Environment Canada suggests postponing non-essential travel in these areas until conditions improve.

“Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Road closures are possible,” the weather forecaster notes.

Parts of southern Ontario including York Region and north Durham Region are under a snow squall watch with local accumulations of 20 to 35 centimetres of snow possible.

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