Environment Canada has updated their earlier snow squall watch for Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas to a warning.
“Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions,” Environment Canada said in their updated alert issued at 3:10 p.m. on Friday Feb. 5, 2021.
Environment Canada has issued a two-fold Special Weather Statement for Kingston and the area, on Friday, Feb, 5, 2021.
The statement is in effect for the Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas, and advises that strong southwesterly winds are developing in the morning, and snow squalls may occur this evening and potentially last into Saturday afternoon.
Environment Canada says winds are expected to ease this evening, but suggest power outages are possible, and remind residents to secure any loose objects outdoors.
“Locally heavy snow squalls are expected to develop this evening as strong southwesterly winds develop off of Lake Ontario. These snow squalls could possibly last until Saturday afternoon,” the national weather agency says. “Snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are possible by Saturday afternoon.”
Given the strong winds gusting 60 to 80 km/h, Environment Canada says areas of near zero visibilities in blowing snow and heavy falling snow could make travel hazardous across the region.
“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common,” the statement reads. “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Road closures are possible.”