Snowfall warning: 15 to 20 cm is expected

Photo by Damian McCoig.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement and a snowfall warning for Kingston and the area with heavy snowfall in the forecast.

The snowfall warning was issued at 10:38 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 for the Kingston, Odessa, and Frontenac Islands area, as well as the Napanne/Consecon and Picton/Sandbanks Park areas.

“Snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected,” Environment Canada said. “Snow at times heavy is expected to develop by early this afternoon and persist into tonight. Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 20 cm are likely, with the highest amounts expected closer to Lake Ontario where extra moisture from the lake may boost snowfall amounts.”

The snowfall is the result of an Alberta Clipper that will cross the area, and Environment Canada warns that there will likely be a significant impact on the commute both this evening and Tuesday morning.

“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” The snowfall warning says.

The special weather statement indicates that travel may become hazardous due to reduced visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow, and that the snow will develop later today and is likely to persist into Tuesday morning.

Please travel with caution and avoid driving during the snowfall when at all possible.

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