Winter weather travel advisory for much of the Kawarthas on Wednesday

A quick 2 cm of snow in the early morning will be followed by freezing rain, ice pellets, and snow by afternoon

Man clearing snow and ice from car during a winter storm

Environment Canada has issued a winter weather travel advisory for Peterborough County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton County for Wednesday morning and afternoon (December 30).

An area of snow will move into the region between 5 and 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Around 2 centimetres of snow will fall within the span of an hour or so.

Road conditions may quickly deteriorate once the snow arrives.

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After a lull in precipitation, a wintry mix of freezing rain and ice pellets will move in by late Wednesday morning in southern Peterborough County and southern Kawartha Lakes. The threat of freezing rain should end in the afternoon.

In northern Peterborough County and northern Kawartha Lakes, several additional centimetres of snow is likely, particularly over areas of higher terrain. Over lower terrain areas, precipitation may become mixed with rain by Wednesday afternoon.

In Haliburton County, snow will become heavy at times through early Wednesday afternoon, with accumulation of around 10 centimetres.

Travel is expected to be difficult due to accumulating snow and possible freezing rain. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to exercise caution.