Mark Wanzel, Barrie Examiner file Photo

Mark Wanzel, Barrie Examiner file Photo

Winter storm warning in effect for:

  • Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale
  • Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake
  • Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago
  • Angus – Innisfil – New Tecumseth
  • …and more

A winter mix of precipitation is expected from midday Wednesday until Thursday night.

Significant snow and ice pellets with accumulations of 10 to 20 centimetres is likely with an approaching low pressure system on Wednesday.

The exact track of the low will determine how much snow may accumulate and if the track is further north a band of freezing rain may also impact the region on Wednesday evening. Ice pellets mixed in with the snow may give a heavier layer causing difficulty in driving or snow clearing.

Impacts from freezing rain may include ice accumulations of up to 5 millimetres on surfaces by Thursday morning.

The freezing rain or heavy snow may also cause power outages due to the weight breaking tree limbs. The winter weather will move eastward on Thursday evening.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

Source: The Barrie Examiner