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Environment Canada issues winter weather travel advisory in southwestern Ontario

Environment Canada issued a winter weather travel advisory Friday morning for southwestern Ontario. (Mike Evans/CBC - image credit)
Environment Canada issued a winter weather travel advisory Friday morning for southwestern Ontario. (Mike Evans/CBC - image credit)

Winter may be over but much of southwestern Ontario isn't done with snow just yet.

Environment Canada has issued a winter weather travel advisory across the region — including the Windsor, Chatham and Sarnia areas.

The advisory is in effect for Friday and is an upgrade from an earlier special weather statement put in place by the weather agency.

"Motorists should expect hazardous winter driving conditions and adjust travel plans accordingly," Environment Canada said in a Friday morning statement.

"Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays."

Areas across the region could see anywhere from five to 10 centimetres starting in the morning, then tapering off from west to east late Friday. The most intense snowfall is expected in the afternoon and evening.

Snow accumulated on roadways in Windsor on Friday afternoon.
Snow accumulated on roadways in Windsor on Friday afternoon.

Snow accumulation is seen on Riverside Drive in Windsor in a January 2024 file photo. (Kerri Breen/CBC)

The weather agency said there is also a risk of freezing rain for areas near Lake Erie in the evening — and that snow may have a "significant impact" on the evening commute in more urban areas.

"Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Slow down driving in slippery conditions. Watch for tail lights ahead and maintain a safe following distance."

The spring snowfall comes after the mildest meteorological winter on record for Windsor-Essex.