Lake effect snow squalls expected in northern Wellington County today

Muskoka snowfall

Muskoka snowfall

The most intense activity continues to affect areas from north of Sault Ste. The snow squalls will slowly drift southward out of the region this afternoon as winds veer into the northwest and weaken.

Local snowfall amounts of 8 to 10 cms are expected in the heaviest snow squalls.

Lake effect snow squalls off Northern Lake Huron are occurring today.

UPDATE (3:18 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7): A snow squall warning has ended but a watch continues for Bayfield Inlet - Dunchurch and South River - Burk's Falls and is now in effect for North Bay - Powassan - Mattawa and West Nipissing - French River areas, as well.

Highway 17 is likely to be affected.

Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common.

Under the snow squall bands, visibility will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow, and snow will quickly accumulate, reads the statement.