Snow squall warning issued for Northumberland County and surrounding areas

Environment Canada has issued a snow squall warning for Northumberland County as a snow squall continues to move over Lake Ontario.

Total snowfall amounts between 15 and 30 centimetres are possible with near zero visibility as some times. The system is expected to clear our area overnight.

Areas like Kingston, Ottawa and Niagara are already seeing the effects with multiple travel advisories being issues for each area.

As a reminder, the OPP urge drivers to use the following tips when traveling in winter conditions:

Drive according to current road and weather conditions. Reduce your speed when adverse weather conditions arise.

·        Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, longer stopping distances may be required.

·        Be able to see and be seen. Clean the frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, and lights.

·        Consider installing four winter tires on your vehicle, installing good wiper blades and keeping an ample supply of windshield washer fluid in your vehicle.

·        Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Consider postponing or cancelling your trip if the weather does not improve.

The following is a list of some recommended items to carry in your vehicle:

·        A charged cell phone in case of an emergency

·        An ice scraper, snow brush, a small shovel, sand, salt or other traction aid

·        Booster cables, road flares, fuel line anti-freeze, and tow rope

·        Extra clothing and footwear, a blanket, high-energy non-perishable food, matches and a candle

· Flashlight, small tool kit, first aid kit

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