Snow squall watches remain in effect Thursday morning for much of southwestern Ontario, as the region braces for what could be our first major lake effect snow event of the season.
London, Strathroy, Parkhill, Komoka and Middlesex County are all under a watch right now ahead of what forecasters predict will be strong squalls overnight Thursday and through most of the day Friday.
“We’ve got a cold front that is going to come through the areas early this evening, 7 or 8 p.m. or so, and behind that, we’ll have the cold northwesterly flow over Lake Huron, we’ll have snow squalls developing,” said Environment Canada meterologist Dave Rodgers.
“Those snow squalls are going to affect regions from Grand Bend to Strathroy, and east all the way through London into Woodstock and Strathroy, and south through St. Thomas. So, it’s going to be a broad area these snow squalls are going to affect.”
Rodgers says this system could last right through Friday night, bringing 15 to 20 centimetres of snow in a 12 hour span.
It’s also possible we’ll see another system move through the region Sunday night into Monday.
Environment Canada advises motorists planning to travel to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions due to heavy and blowing snow, and to leave themselves plenty of extra time. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow, and road closures are possible. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination, and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone.
You can track the weather system on Environment Canada’s website here.
Don’t forget, AM980 has live traffic and weather updates every 10 minutes on the two’s for your morning and afternoon drive.
With files from Jess Brady.