As was predicted earlier Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Brantford and the County of Brant as well as the rest of Southern Ontario. This is due to potentially large amounts of precipitation as well as high winds.
The Winter Storm Warning reads as follows;
Hazardous winter conditions are expected.
A winter storm with a combination of 10 to 20 cm snow, ice pellets and freezing rain is expected today into tonight.
Snow and local blowing snow will begin early this morning. Snow is expected to transition to ice pellets and then to freezing rain this afternoon. Freezing rain may persist for several hours before changing to rain or snow in the evening.
Additionally, strong easterly winds gusting up to 80 km/h are also expected this morning.
Total snowfall and ice pellet amounts of 10 to 20 cm are possible before ending Wednesday.
This weather is associated with a Colorado Low that will cross Southern Ontario tonight into Wednesday.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.
There is also a Freezing Rain Warning in effect for a multitude of areas including up to Stratford and London, down to Simcoe and Norfolk, Woodstock and Tillsonburg, and out to the Niagara region.
This warning reads;
Freezing rain expected this afternoon.
Precipitation will begin as snow early this morning. Snow will change briefly to ice pellets, with total snow and ice pellet accumulations of 4 to 8 cm. Precipitation will then change to freezing rain this afternoon. Freezing rain will continue for 2 to 6 hours before changing to rain late this afternoon or this evening.
Additionally, strong easterly winds gusting near 70 km/h are expected to develop this morning and persist through much of the day.
This freezing rain is associated with a Colorado Low that will cross Southern Ontario tonight into Wednesday.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Utility outages may occur.
If travel can be avoided later today it is advised that you do so. If you must be out on the roads please take extra precautions.
Aviva Canada sent out the following check list of Winter Storm preparedness:
- Give yourself more time and distance to brake safely.
- Clear all snow and ice from your car
- Top-up on windshield washer fluid.
- Use winter tires (p.s. you’ll also get a discount on your insurance).
- Check your blind spots, and tire pressure regularly.
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle.
Image and Information from Environment Canada.