Due to the severe weather, The Tillsonburg News office is closed for the rest of the afternoon. The office will be open Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Environment Canada has issed winter storm warnings and alerts for our area.
NORFOLK, ELGIN COUNTIES
An intensifying low pressure system currently over Ohio is forecast to track south of the Lower Great Lakes today. Snow at times heavy has enveloped all of Southern Ontario and will spread into the Brockville to Cornwall region late this morning. Snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected by tonight.
In addition, brisk northeasterly winds will also cause very poor visibilities at times in blowing snow. Over the Niagara area, even stronger winds are expected with gusts up to 70 km/h, resulting in near blizzard conditions with extensive very low visibilities.
Motorists should prepare for hazardous driving conditions today into tonight.
Special weather statement in effect for:
TILLSONBURG OXFORD COUNTY
Following yesterday's springlike tease, winter's wrath has returned with near blizzard conditions in parts of the region.
An intense storm system centre over Southwestern Pennsylvania continues to track northeastwards and will pass south of the Lower Great Lakes today. Snow and blowing snow has enveloped most of Southern Ontario and is falling quite heavy for many areas.
The heaviest snow early this afternoon stretches from Southwestern Ontario through Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe as well as along the north shores of Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River.
Warnings are in effect for many of these areas. However, a significant snowfall of up to 15 cm is likely from Southern Lake Huron across the Greater Toronto area to the south of Ottawa. This is close to the warning criteria of 15 cm in a 12 hour period. Strong winds are creating near blizzard conditions in some of these areas as well. Amounts will trail off to 5 cm from Northern Lake Huron across Barrie to near or just north of Ottawa.
Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling today due to poor visibilities in snow and blowing snow as well as slippery roads.
The snow will taper off late today or this evening.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended. Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.