Winter storm warning in effect, school buses cancelled

Up to 35 cm of blowing snow expected on Tuesday and Wednesday

Older woman walking in a winter snow storm

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for all of southern Ontario, including all of the Kawarthas.

Snowfall amounts of 25 to 35 cm and blowing snow are expected today (February 12) into Wednesday.

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

Snow, at times heavy, will begin later this morning. Strong easterly winds gusting up to 70 km/h may cause near zero visibility in blowing snow.

Total snowfall amounts of 25 to 35 cm are likely before the snow tapers off during the day Wednesday. In the Algonquin Park area, 30 to 40 cm of snow are possible.

Impacts to travel are expected. Localized power outages may occur.

This snow is associated with a Colorado Low that will cross Southern Ontario tonight into Wednesday.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.

School buses have been cancelled in Peterborough City and County, Kawartha Lakes, Clarington, Northumberland, Campbellford, and Haliburton. Schools remain open, but all bus transportation is cancelled.

Trent University’s Peterborough and Durham campuses are open today and classes are continuing as scheduled. University officials will continue to monitor weather conditions, and updates will be posted at

Fleming College’s Sutherland, Frost, and Cobourg campuses are closed today, but the Haliburton campus will remain open.