Winter weather travel advisory in effect for Kawarthas region this weekend

Snow squalls and scattered bands of heavy snow expected with snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm possible

Cars on a snow-covered road during a winter storm. (Stock photo)

Environment Canada has expanded its winter weather travel advisory to the entire greater Kawarthas region for Saturday (March 18) into Sunday morning.

The winter weather travel advisory is in effect for Peterborough County, Kawartha Lakes, Hastings Highlands, Haliburton County. and Northumberland County.

Snow squalls and scattered bands of heavy snow are expected across the area with strong southwesterly winds beginning Saturday afternoon. Visibility may be suddenly reduced to near zero at times under these scattered snow squalls.

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Local snowfall amounts near 5 cm are possible by the time snow squalls taper to flurries early Sunday morning.

For northern Kawartha Lakes, scattered snow squalls will become more widespread and heavy Saturday evening as winds become northwesterly. Local snowfall amounts near 10 cm are possible in some locations.

Travel is not recommended. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common.


This story has been updated with the latest forecast from Environment Canada.