Environment Canada has issued a snow squall warning for London and Eastern Middlesex County ahead of conditions that could bring as much as 15 cm of snow to the city by late Sunday afternoon.
Officials say squalls are expected to develop over areas southeast of Lake Huron — with 10-15 cm of snowfall possible before it tapers off late this afternoon.
Forecasters upgraded the watch to a warning on Sunday morning. Oxford and Brant counties were also upgraded.
“Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions,” their warning stated.
Snow squall warnings are issued when bands of snow form that produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibility.
The expected snowfall means overnight parking within the city is prohibited, according to City of London officials.
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Meantime areas north of the city, also under snow squall warnings, were hit hard by flurries and blowing snow overnight — ultimately leading to a number of road closures.
UPDATE: ROAD CLOSURES: See attached for updated list of closures. ^cc pic.twitter.com/zfhM6bUD1P
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Huron, Perth, Bruce, and Grey counties are all under snow squall warnings as well.
More info to come.