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UPDATE: Winter storm watch upgraded to warning


Muskoka and Parry Sound are now under a winter storm warning.

This comes ahead of heavy, blowing snow that’s expected to move in tomorrow morning and last into Wednesday. Environment Canada now says we can expect between 25 and 35 cm to fall in that time.

Wind gusts of up to 70 km/h are expected as well, which will make for significantly reduced visibility, including whiteouts. This snow is associated with a Colorado low that’s headed for Southern Ontario.

Snow could build up on roadways rather quickly which, when combined with the visibility issues, will make for some significantly hazardous driving conditions. The newsroom is monitoring the storm and will keep you updated.

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One of the biggest winter storms this year may be blowing into Muskoka tomorrow.

Environment Canada has put the district under a Winter Storm Watch, as the weather service warns an incoming massive storm has the potential to bring up to 35 cm of snowfall within a 24-hour period. However, local forecast predictions are betting on up to 40 cm of snow to fall between 10:00am on Tuesday and 8:00pm on Wednesday.

There is also the potential for a short break in the snowfall, with ice pellets expected during the commute on Tuesday afternoon.

Muskoka isn’t the only area getting hit by the winter storm. The Colorado low pushing the storm in from the US is expected to spread it across most of Southern Ontario. Areas like Orillia, Barrie and even the GTA are expected to be hit by massive snowfall amounts as well as freezing rain so travel across the entire southern part of the province is likely to be dangerous.

Environment Canada is urging drivers to change your travel plans if they fall on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Newsroom is tracking this storm and will keep you updated on weather and road conditions as well as any impacts such as school bus cancellations. You can always get up to date road conditions by tuning into Moose FM.

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