Snow squall watch in effect for Barrie, Orillia, Midland areas: Environment Canada

A snow squall watch is in effect for Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia, Midland, Coldwater, Orr Lake, Hillsdale, Lagoon City and Washago, Environment Canada says.

Lake-effect snow squalls are expected to become organized late Friday afternoon or early Friday evening and to weaken on Saturday morning.

Under the heaviest snow squalls, Environment Canada says visibility will be significantly reduced and that snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 centimetres will be possible.

“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” the federal weather agency says.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.”

Snow squall watches are issued when conditions are favourable for the formation of bands of snow that could produce intense, accumulating snow or near zero visibility on the road.

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