Winter Travel Advisory & Snowfall Warning In Effect For Wednesday, Dec 18th, 2019

A band of snow coming from Lake Huron is looking to cause some potentially heavy snow squalls and travel troubles later Today. The farther north and west you look, the worse it becomes. In the Brantford/ Brant County & Kitchener/Waterloo regions drivers can expect around 10 cm of snowfall with a Winter Travel Advisory in effect. Toward Tillsonburg/Woodstock or up to Mount Forest or Northern Wellington County it becomes a Snow Squall Warning with snow up to 35 cm expected.


The Winter Travel Advisory which is in effect Today reads;


Winter Weather Travel Advisory in effect for today into this evening.

Snow squalls will be possible today as strong winds help snow bands penetrate far inland from Lake Huron.

Travel may be hazardous at times due to heavy snow and blowing snow reducing visibilities and rapidly changing conditions.

Local snowfall amounts of near 10 cm will be possible by late this evening when the snow squalls weaken.


The Snow Squall Warning states;


Snow squalls today into this evening.

Snow squalls are forecast to strengthen through the day with the most intense snow squalls expected this afternoon. Furthermore, strong northwest winds gusting to 50 km/h will result in blowing snow.

Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm (20 cm to 35 cm for the northern regions) are possible by late this evening when the snow squalls are forecast to move north of the area while weakening.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility.


Regardless of where you find yourself today, take care on the roads, that means following some basic winter driving tips:

  • Have snow tires.
  • Clear ALL snow from your vehicle.
  • Keep your speed lower.
  • Give yourself longer to slow down and stop.
  • Increase your distance from the vehicle in front of you.
  • Slow right down for turns (be prepared for other drivers to do so!)
  • Keep your lights on during cloudy or snowy days.
  • And – Never use cruise control if conditions are snowy, icy, or wet, because if your car hydroplanes, your car will try to accelerate and you may lose control of your vehicle.


Find more winter driving safety tips from the Canada Safety Council. Be safe and enjoy your Christmas season!


Image and Warnings from Environment Canada.

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