Solidarity

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We Stand in Solidarity with Paris and Parisians

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our partners and friends in Paris and to all of the people of France.

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Photo Contest

south georgian bay photo contest

 

While you’re enjoying the outdoors this winter and taking some photos, consider entering the Visit South Georgian Bay photo contest. Show the South Georgian Bay you know and love and you might win a prize. Entries are being collected by our local tourism office at VisitSouthGeorgianBay.ca and on social media with the hashtag #SGeorgianBay.

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Halloween Weather Highlights

Halloween in Collingwood and Blue Mountains

What’s in store for trick-or-treaters this year? Should they pack on the layers or can parents give in to begging children that a coat under their costume will ruin the look?

 

In Collingwood and The Blue Mountains, Halloween plans may be dampened with some showers on Saturday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will remain cool at 7 degrees. It will be advisable for those going door-to-door to wear a jacket to keep warm and dry. Sorry kiddies.

 

Local Halloween Events:

 

October 30

 

Little Malt Shop of Horrors
March Street Centre, Clarksburg
More info

 

October 31

 

Shrek The Musical
GNE Fairgrounds
More info

 

Halloween Dance & Costume Party
Marsh Street Centre, Clarksburg
More info

 

Halloween Party
Studs Lonigans Pub, Wasaga Beach
More info

 

Halloween Party Dinner & Dance
Wasaga Countrylife Resort, Wasaga Beach
More info

 

Huron Club Halloween Party
The Huron Club, Collingwood
More info

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Significant Rain Warning this Weekend

Environment Canada is warning of “significant” rainfall this weekend for most of southern Ontario. In a lot of areas, including the Collingwood and Blue Mountains area, the rain will continue through Sunday afternoon and may be heavy at times.

 

A low pressure system arriving Saturday from the American Midwest will spread rain across Southern Ontario from west to east through the day. In many areas the rain will continue through Sunday afternoon and may be heavy at times. An isolated thunderstorm may accompany the rain on Saturday over Southwestern Ontario.

 

This unseasonably strong low pressure is expected to track just south of the Lower Great Lakes into the Northeastern United States by Sunday. This is a track that is quite uncommon during the summer.

 

Regions from Windsor to the Golden Horseshoe will likely receive copious amounts of rain totalling 30 to 60 millimetres. Rainfall warnings may be required. Lesser amounts, in the 20 to 40 millimetre range, are expected over Central and Eastern Ontario. Areas farther north, to the northeast of Georgian Bay, should receive even less with the rain arriving Saturday night.

 

Additionally, strong northeasterly winds are expected to develop Saturday with gusts generally in the 50 to 70 km/h range with the strongest winds along the Lower Great Lakes.

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Temperatures Return to Seasonal

Yesterday was the first time since the end of June that the temperature in the region reached a daytime high above 30. The humidity was a key ingredient in the thunderstorm risk across the region, which was in the path of a cold front passing through. That prompted severe thunderstorm watches to be issued all across southern Ontario, but atmospheric conditions prevented the formation of major storms in the southwest. Temperatures have returned to more seasonal values for the remainder of this week.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

 

A few thunderstorms are expected to affect portions of the above regions this afternoon and early evening. Some of these thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging winds, torrential downpours, and large hail. These thunderstorms will be quite isolated. However, any storms that do develop could be severe.

 

Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. In Canada, lightning kills up to 10 people every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.

 

Emergency Management Ontario recommends that you take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required, so stay tuned to your local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to [email protected] or tweet with the hashtag #ONStorm.

 

For more information:
http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html

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Heat Warning

A hot and humid airmass will affect portions of southwestern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe today. Humidex values near 40 are forecast for this afternoon and high temperatures of 30 degrees Celcius are expected. A cold front will sweep across the regions this evening bringing a return to near seasonal temperature values for the remainder of the week.

 

While extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for

  • older adults
  • infants and young children
  • people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions or psychiatric illnesses
  • people who work in the heat
  • people who exercise in the heat
  • people without access to air conditioning and
  • homeless people.

 

Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include

  • dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting
  • headache
  • rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • extreme thirst and
  • decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Water is best.

 

Drink plenty of liquids especially water before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

 

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required, so stay tuned to your local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to [email protected] or tweet with the hashtag #ONStorm.

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Local Farmers’ Markets

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Nothing says the beginning of summer better than the pop up of local farmers’s markets in the area. The Collingwood Farmers’ Market is now open every Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, located in the Second and Pine Street Municipal parking lot. The Collingwood farmers’ market is a place to purchase quality produce and other foods from 100 miles around the market location. In addition to approximately 40 vendor stalls, special events will be held at the market such as children’s activities, musicians and demonstrations.

 

The Clarksburg Farmers’ Market features fresh in season produce (including organics), baked goods, pastured lamb, cured meats, maple syrup, local honey, loose leaf teas, jellies, cut flowers, local crafts and more. It is open Sundays from 11-2 in Lions Park starting the beginning of June.

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First Full Day of Spring… Not! Snowfall Warning for Tonight

A heavy snowfall expected tonight.

 

It may be the first full day of spring, but it’s no surprise that mother nature is still in a wintery mood. A potent disturbance currently over Minnesota is expected to carve a path across Southern Ontario tonight with the centre of low pressure likely to cross the Toronto area after midnight.
 

A period of heavy snow is expected beginning late this evening near Lake Huron reaching the Blue Mountains and Collingwood area shortly after midnight. The snow is expected to be very heavy at times with snowfall rates of more than 3 centimetres per hour. Although the duration of snow is not expected to be significant, the accumulation of heavy snow will likely exceed 15 centimetres before it tapers off later tonight near Lake Huron and over Eastern Ontario Saturday morning.
 

Travellers are urged to use caution tonight into Saturday morning due to visibilities of 200 metres or less in heavy snow as well as significant and rapid accumulation on untreated roads.

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Another Wind Chill Warning

Wind chills in the minus 30s are expected overnight Sunday and Monday morning. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the minus 20s overnight and early Monday morning. Light to moderate winds will combine with these cold temperatures to give wind chill values into the minus 30s.
 

Frostbite (damage, sometimes permanent, to skin and body tissue due to freezing) and hypothermia (a life threatening drop in body temperature) will occur if adequate precautions are not taken when outdoors. These can occur within minutes.

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3 Day Forcast

mostlycloudySaturday
A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 27C. Winds light and variable.
POP:10
chancetstormsSunday
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then cloudy skies late. High 27C. Winds W at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
POP:40

clearSunday
Sunny skies. High around 25C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.
POP:10