Snow storm headed for Niagara tonight with as much as 15 cm of accumulation

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Environment Canada is warning that as much as 15 cm of snow may fall in Niagara communities tonight and into Wednesday morning thanks to a late season snowstorm.

It said to expect “rapidly accumulating snow” and “reduced visibility in falling snow” during the weather event.

The warning covers all Niagara communities including Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln, Pelham and Wainfleet. Dunnville and Caledonia are included in the advisory as is Hamilton and area. Toronto and area will see less snow than Niagara with a forecast of 4 to 8 cm.

“Snow will move into the area late this evening. Snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm are possible by Wednesday afternoon, with the greatest snowfall amounts expected in the Niagara region. Along the lakeshore, snow accumulations will be less than areas further inland,” said the government agency’s advisory issued Tuesday.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall overnight and early Wednesday morning. “It may significantly impact the Wednesday morning commute. Consider postponing non essential travel until conditions improve.”

A low-pressure system is expected to track south of Niagara Region tonight and Wednesday. “Due to the uncertain track of the weather system and the warm ground temperatures, total snowfall amounts expected could change,” the advisory said.

Sun and cloud is forecast for Thursday with temperatures returning to a high of 5 to 7 C for most areas.

See West Niagara weather for each community here on the next few days.