First significant snowfall of season in Kawarthas region begins Monday night

Snow squall warnings in effect for northern Kawarthas region, with northern Kawartha Lakes expected to receive 20-35 cm

Cars on a road in a winter snow storm. (Stock photo)

The first significant snowfall of the season is expected to hit much of the greater Kawarthas region on Monday night (November 27) into Tuesday.

Environment Canada has issued snow squall warnings for northern Kawarthas Lakes, northern Peterborough County, and Haliburton County, with snow squall watches in effect for southern Kawarthas Lakes and southern Peterborough County.

Lake effect flurries and snow squalls are expected to develop off Georgian Bay as the day progresses. Snow squalls are forecast to begin later Monday afternoon and intensify in the evening before shifting south of the region overnight or early Tuesday morning. Of particular concern is the potential development of a very intense band of lake effect snow with snowfall rates of 5 to 10 cm per hour.

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Northern Kawarthas Lakes is expected to receive the brunt of this weather in the greater Kawarthas region with local accumulations of 20 to 35 cm. Isolated higher amounts are possible, and an intense band of lake effect snow may affect this area with of 5 to 10 cm per hour.

In northern Peterborough County and Haliburton County, total accumulations of 10 to 20 cm are expected. In southern Kawartha Lakes and southern Peterborough County, total accumulations of 10 to 15 cm are expected.

Strong westerly winds followed by northwesterly winds will accompany these snow squalls, resulting in significantly reduced visibility at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve, as travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. In some area, road closures are possible.