Winter weather warning issued for Barrie, Midland, and Orillia areas

Barrie Ont., winter storm 2023. Global News Barrie

Environment Canada has upgraded its weather watch to a winter storm warning, with significant snowfall expected Friday night in parts of Simcoe County in southern Ontario.

The national weather agency said Friday that a winter weather warning is in effect for Barrie, Midland, Orillia, Collingwood, Hillsdale, Coldwater, Orr Lake, Lagoon City, and Washago.

Environment Canada predicts close to 15 centimetres of snow will fall between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

At times, the weather agency said the region could see snowfall rates up to two centimetres an hour.

It predicts significantly reduced visibility due to heavy and blowing snow due to strong winds.

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The storm system is the result of a Texas low that is expected to bring heavy snow and strong winds to a large swath of southern Ontario.

The weather agency said the rapidly accumulating snowfall will create hazardous travel conditions.

It is warning people to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

Environment Canada said visibility might be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

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