Snow squall watch in effect

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Snow squall watch in effect for:

Bracebridge – Gravenhurst
Huntsville – Baysville
Port Carling – Port Severn
Town of Parry Sound – Rosseau – Killbear Park

An Arctic cold front will sweep through Southern Ontario tonight. In the wake of this front, cold air and strong westerly winds over the open waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay will result in the development of snow squalls Wednesday morning through Thursday. The heaviest squalls could produce snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm per 12 hours along with reduced visibilities.

Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably, changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. 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/

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.

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required, so stay tuned to your local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet with the hashtag #ONStorm

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