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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Winter Storm Means Business

Regional | by Ian MacLennan  

Up to 25 centimetres of snow is forecast by Wednesday morning.

March is kicking off with a wintry bang in southern Ontario.

Environment Canada issued a Winter Storm Warning for a wide area of the province that stretches from Sarnia and Lambton County to Huron Perth to Kincardine and Saugeen Shores in southern Bruce County to Owen Sound, Grey County, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Barrie, Orillia, Caledon, Shelburne, Dufferin and Wellington Counties into Toronto and as far east as Ottawa.

There is also a Snowfall Warning for the Bruce Peninsula.

Environment Canada says the flurries on Tuesday afternoon will turn into heavier snow and more than 25 centimetres of snow could fall in some areas by Wednesday morning.

Meteorologist Etienne Gregoire says the heaviest snow will begin to fall around dinner time and continue until at least 4 AM on Wednesday.

The other issue is blowing snow.

Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 70 kilometres an hour, with visibility reduced to zero throughout the afternoon and evening hours.

Snowfall levels could be the highest reached this Winter.

January 21st, and February 14th and 17th each had 11 centimetres of buildup.

Weather officials and even Police are advising you postpone non-essential travel until conditions improve.

With March coming in like a Lion, Gregoire says March always brings all kinds of surprises, and April can too.



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