UPDATE: Environment Canada has replaced the snow squall watch with a weather advisory

 

Environment Canada has issued a snow squall watch in the Niagara Region.

Meteorologist Gerald Cheng says it’s the calm before the storm right now.

“We’re looking at a southwest wind developing tonight. It’s going to bring a lot of moisture from Lake Erie to the Fort Erie area in the form of snow squalls.”

Cheng says there’s lots of snow on the way, with Environment Canada predicting 5 centimetres tonight and an additional 15 centimetres tomorrow.

“A snow squall is basically just a very heavy band of snow, it’s very isolated and it’s focused on a very specific area.”

Cheng adds you should give yourself some extra time for your morning commute tomorrow.

“We’re expecting some poor visibility on the roads. So when people head to work do be careful out there because it’s going to be hard to see and the roads are going to be slippery.”

The squalls should end tomorrow evening, but Cheng says the cold temperatures will be sticking around a bit longer.

“After the cold front passes, it’s just going to get colder especially for Thursday night into Friday. We’re expecting wind chills in the minus teens Thursday night and into Friday morning.”

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Cheng says the temperatures should be closer to and maybe even slightly above the freezing mark this weekend, with lots of sunshine in the forecast.

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