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Environment Canada advises of significant snowfall expected this weekend

Photo by Sydney Rae.

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Kingston and the area, advising that significant snowfall amounts are expected for the coming weekend.

The national weather agency said that the snow is expected to begin on Saturday, Jan 18, 2020, and carry through to the morning of Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.

“An approaching low pressure system will bring snowfall to Northeastern and Eastern Ontario starting Saturday morning. Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected. Strong winds up to 50 km/h will create areas of local blowing snow on Saturday afternoon. The snow will ease to light flurries Sunday morning,” the statement reads.

The Special Weather Statement is in effect for Kingston, Odessa, and the Frontenac Islands, and advises that visibility will be reduced in areas of blowing snow.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.”

At the same time, a Special Weather Statement has also been issued for the Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas. That statement advises of the same conditions, only with winds up to 60 km/h, as opposed to 50 km/h.

“A brief period of rain is possible late Saturday. The snow or rain will ease to flurries overnight Saturday night,” that statement reads.

“In addition, lake effect snow is also expected to begin behind this system, which will create more snow for areas near Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.” Kingstonist will continue to monitor this weather situation and provide updates as more information becomes available.

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