UPDATE 5 Monday, February 25th 1:45 pm: A Snow Squall Warning has Ended meaning there are no longer any alerts or warnings for the region
UPDATE 4 Sunday, February 24th 11:30 am: A Snow Squall Watch has been upgraded to a Snow Squall WARNING as hazardous snow squalls with near blizzard conditions are forecast to develop Sunday afternoon in the Parry Sound region.
Environment Canada says temperatures today will plummet due to a strong cold front entering the region.
Snow squalls will develop in the afternoon and will combine with very strong westerly winds gusting up to 110 km/h to produce near blizzard conditions.
The most hazardous conditions are expected late in the afternoon and tonight but will ease through Monday as winds slowly start to weaken.
Snowfall accumulations of 10 to 20 cm are expected.
A Wind WARNING remains in effect as a Freezing Rain Warning has ENDED.
UPDATE 3 Saturday, February 23th 3:30 pm: Environment Canada has now also issued a Wind warning for the Parry Sound Region.
Very strong wind gusts near 100 kilometres per hour that may cause damage or power outages are expected midday Sunday into Sunday night.
An area of strong southwesterly winds will develop over regions east of Georgian Bay midday Sunday.
A few locations along the shorelines of Georgian Bay may gust to 110 kilometres per hour at times Sunday afternoon or early in the evening.
UPDATE 2 Saturday, February 23th 11:00 am: Environment Canada has issued a Freezing Rain Warning for the Parry Sound area.
The agency is forecasting freezing rain early Sunday morning possibly lasting until midday then strong winds with snow and blowing snow Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.
Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight.
UPDATE Saturday, February 23th: Environment Canada is upgrading the severity of its Special weather statement calling for the possibility of a winter storm with freezing rain Saturday night then damaging winds and blowing snow Sunday night.
Environment Canada is predicting freezing rain, damaging winds, and blowing snow this weekend in the Parry Sound area.
The forecast calls for precipitation associated with a strong low-pressure system may begin as freezing rain Saturday evening before changing to rain overnight or early Sunday evening.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.
Damaging wind gusts of between 90 to 100km/h are expected to develop Sunday night and into Monday.
Officials say areas near the Great Lakes are more likely to experience winds at the higher end of this range.
The strong winds are expected to last through Sunday night and gradually weaken on Monday.
As well, flurries and blowing snow will develop Sunday afternoon.
The Parry Sound region could see snowfall amounts in the 5 to 10 cm range by Monday morning.
More importantly, Environment Canada says, any fresh snow that falls will be whipped up by the very strong winds creating whiteout conditions at times.
Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero making travel hazardous.
Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur.
Power outages are also possible.
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