Significant weather event declared as Midwestern Ontario braces for squalls

What forecasters say is a chaotic start to a chaotic weekend.

The Bruce County Road Department has declared a major weather event.

Their latest report said the road was partially or mostly covered in snow and slippery in some sections. Some blowing snow in open areas, but visibility Friday morning ranged from clear to Good Friday.

The Ministry of Transport (MTO) reported reduced visibility on major motorways, including Highway 21 from Southampton to Goderich and Highway 9 from Harriston to Kincardine.

Visibility is good in Huron and south of Perth, but roads are also partially to mostly snow covered. There is ice under the snow on the sidewalks, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop.

A blizzard warning has been issued for Bruce and northern Gray counties. Winter weather travel advisories have been issued for Huron, Perth and southern Gray counties.

Light snow and high winds are expected throughout the weekend, with up to 70cm of snow in some areas.

The Weather Network’s model of the storm system suggests that snow will fall through the weekend, making it extremely dangerous to travel during these storms.

Depending on the direction of the wind, the snow bands blowing off the lake could be thick and persistent, so some areas could see thigh-high snow while others only had a few centimeters, forecasters said.

In those snow bands, The Weather Network warns that travel will be nearly impossible.

Environment Canada is urging people to postpone travel until conditions improve.

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