Sarnia-Lambton was slammed Tuesday by the first major snowstorm of the year.
School buses throughout the region were cancelled while Lambton’s top medical official issued a cold-weather alert as residents dug themselves out from a storm that arrived from the U.S. early Tuesday and continued throughout most of the day.
Environment Canada issued a snow squall watch for Watford, the Pinery Park and eastern Lambton County Tuesday afternoon, with between 10 and 15 centimetres of accumulation possible. Gusts up to 50 kilometres per hour could create blowing snow and affect visibility, the agency cautioned in a statement.
“Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations,” the statement said. “Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.”
The squalls were expected to continue along Lake Huron into Tuesday evening.
Snowfall warnings for Sarnia, Petrolia and western Lambton County ended earlier in the day.
Lambton public health issued the cold-weather alert with temperatures expected to be around -15 C overnight Tuesday. The organization advised local agencies providing shelter and assistance to homeless people to be ready for an increase in demand.
“All residents should take precautions during a cold-weather alert by dressing in layers, shielding exposed areas from the wind such as head, neck and face, and limiting time spent outdoors,” a statement from Lambton public health said.
Both the Lambton Kent District and St. Clair Catholic District school boards said buses were cancelled in all zones Tuesday, but the schools were still open.