It’s a snow day for thousands of students across the region, as school buses were cancelled Thursday for London and Middlesex County.
Buses are running in Oxford and Elgin Counties, but lake effect flurries that produced roughly 10 cm of snowfall overnight Wednesday continue to hammer the region Thursday.
A snow squall warning remains in effect for London, Parkhill, and Eastern Middlesex County, as well as Huron and Perth counties.
A snow squall watch continues for Strathroy, Komoka, and Western Middlesex County, as well as Grey and Bruce Counties.
Under the snow squall bands, visibility will be reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and local blowing snow, especially in rural areas. A band of heavy squalls appears to be targeting a stretch north of Goderich to just south of London.
According to Environment Canada, snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 cm per 12 hours will be possible.
The flurries are expected to taper off late Thursday afternoon.
We’ll get a bit of a break from the snow during the day on Friday, but Environment Canada Meteorologist Yoseph Mengesha expects more snow heading into the weekend.
“On Friday night and Saturday morning, we can still get snow squalls again because very cold air is coming and the flow will be again coming from the north-northwest,” said Mengesha. “They will set up for Friday night into Saturday morning, but for tonight and tomorrow, nothing much. We don’t expect much.”
Family Day weekend is expected to be the coldest of the season so far. Mengesha expects London will have a wind chill factor of minus 30 degrees.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit issues cold alerts when any of the following conditions are met:
- Daily predicted low temperature of -15° C without wind chill.
- The wind chill reaches the level at which Environment Canada issues a warning for outdoor activity for people in the Middlesex-London area.
- Extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm.
While buses have been cancelled Thursday for London and Middlesex County, the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board say schools are open.
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