UPDATE: Environment Canada ended the Winter Travel Advisory at 9:22 a.m. Thursday.
It’s probably not the news you wanted to wake up to Thursday, but a wintry blast has arrived in London and the surrounding area.
Environment Canada has issued a Winter Travel Advisory Thursday morning for London, Parkhill and Eastern Middlesex County as squalls move in off Lake Huron making for a messy morning on the roads.
The snow isn’t expected to taper off until later Thursday afternoon.
“Today, at times, we could see low visibility briefly in these heavier snow showers, and definitely a very good day to be very careful driving on the roads or walking on the roads, it’s very slippery out there, and at times, the visibility could drop quite low,” said Environment Canada Meteorologist Glenn Robinson.
Robinson notes London isn’t under a snow squall warning because the criteria hasn’t been met: 15 cm of snow in 6 hours or 2 to 3 hours of low visibility.
However, he insists driving conditions will be hazardous for most of the day.
“We do have to be careful because there will still be a few bands of snow coming off Lake Huron, and at any times, one of those can shift around, and it could move through the area, so I think at any time today, we do have to be quite careful about our driving conditions,” said Robinson.
And as if this weren’t enough of a winter wallop, we’re in for more Friday night.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement ahead of a possible 15 cm of snow that could fall overnight Friday into Saturday.
Snow may mix with or change to rain over portions of southwestern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe later on Saturday but other models suggest the snow could continue into Saturday night.
Poor travel conditions are expected to develop as a result of this system and motorists are being urged to adjust accordingly.
Environment Canada says drier weather is expected in most places Sunday with the exception of areas to the southwest of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay where snow squalls may develop.
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