WINTER STORM UPDATE | SOUTHERN ONTARIO
Hello everyone, we hope you are prepared for the storm this afternoon/tonight. The wind is picking up and the snow has begun to fly. They are also calling for a flash freeze, which will lead to very icy conditions on the roads. We are expected to get between 5 to 15cm of snow with winds of up to 120km/hr. It is advised to secure any objects that you may have in your yards and driveways, especially objects at risk of being blown away (lightweight, big, flat, etc.).
Here are the updated public weather alerts from Environment Canada
"Issued at 7:01 AM EST on Friday 23 December 2022
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN ONTARIO
Winter storm warning in effect for:
ALL OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO
A major winter storm continues through Saturday. Travel will become hazardous and is not advised. Hazards: Damaging wind gusts of 100 to 120 km/h resulting in widespread blowing snow which will reduce visibility to near zero at times. Extensive utility outages are possible. Snowfall amounts of 5 to 15 cm by Saturday morning. Higher amounts along with blizzard conditions are expected with snow squalls tonight through Saturday. Wind chill values approaching minus 20. Flash freeze producing icy and slippery surfaces. Timing: Damaging winds and widespread blowing snow developing this afternoon and continuing into Saturday. Rain changing to snow this afternoon then tapering to flurries Saturday morning. Snow squalls off Lake Ontario continue through Saturday. Very cold wind chill values will develop this afternoon and persist into the weekend. Flash freeze possible this afternoon. Discussion: Temperatures will plummet this afternoon leading to a potential flash freeze. Rapidly falling temperatures will be accompanied by snow and strong to damaging winds which will result in widespread blowing snow. Blizzard conditions may develop this evening for locations near Lake Ontario as a result of snow squalls.
Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.
Issued at 4:17 AM EST on Friday 23rd December 2022
Rainfall warning in effect for:
Belleville - Quinte West - Eastern Northumberland County
Cobourg - Colborne - Western Northumberland County
Stirling - Tweed - South Frontenac
Rainfall, combined with melting snow, continues. Hazard: Total rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm. Timing: Rain will continue this morning before transitioning to snow from west to east by early this afternoon.
Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm."
The rain and snow combined with the expected flash freeze at some point this evening, have the potential to create extra slippery conditions. It is advised to stay home if possible. If you do find yourself driving this afternoon or at any point this weekend, be extra safe, give tons of braking room and pay extra attention to your surroundings. It only takes a minute to change a life forever.
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