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Snow squall watch issued for Orillia

Local snow squalls are expected Saturday afternoon into Saturday night
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Snow squall watch in effect for:

  • Barrie - Collingwood - Hillsdale
  • Midland - Coldwater - Orr Lake
  • Orillia - Lagoon City - Washago

Local snow squalls Saturday afternoon into Saturday night.

Snow squalls are forecast to develop over the area Saturday afternoon and persist into Saturday night.

Local snowfall accumulations of 10 to 20 cm are expected by early Sunday morning with amounts up to 25 cm possible in areas that experience persistent snow squalls.

The heavy snow will combine with strong northwesterly winds resulting in reduced visibilities in heavy snow and blowing snow at times.

Travel will likely become difficult and motorists are advised to exercise caution.

These snow squalls are forecast to weaken by early Sunday morning.

For road conditions and other travel information from the Ministry of Transportation, visit, or call 5-1-1.

Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Snow squall watches are issued when conditions are favourable for the formation of bands of snow that could produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ONStorm