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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Free Ice Fishing and Free Snowmobiling Trail Passes this Family Day Weekend

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If you are looking for a new activity to try this Family Day weekend, February 15-17 consider ice fishing. Ontario residents can fish this weekend without purchasing a licence.

 

Or for some fun on the trails, the OFSC is offering the “Try Our Trails” permit to encourage more people to get outdoors and enjoy winter by going snowmobiling on OFSC trails. The permit is available without payment for those who pre-register online and is valid from 12:01 a.m. February 15 until 11:59 p.m. February 17.

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Wind Chill Warning and Snow Squall Warning

Reduced visibilities in local blowing today and possibly Tuesday.

 

A weather system that passed over Southern Ontario last night and this morning resulted in about 10 cm of fluffy snow in most locales.

 

Strong west to northwest winds in the wake of this system have developed and are thus resulting in localized blowing snow and associated poor visibilities. North south routes in exposed areas will be most susceptible to poor travel conditions.

 

The winds are expected to abate somewhat tonight, however may remain strong enough for local blowing snow to persist into Tuesday in some areas.

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Blizzard Warnings Continue

Dangerous blizzard continues today. Extreme wind chills from minus 30 to minus 40 today and tonight.

 

Very strong westerly winds continue to blast in bitterly cold Arctic air. Frequent intense snow squalls. Local snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm are quite likely in some of the snow squalls by tonight. A combination of the dangerous snow squalls with extreme wind chills of minus 35 to minus 40 continue to produce frequent blizzard conditions today. Frequent to widespread very low to nil visibilities with whiteout conditions are expected especially in exposed areas.

 

The combination of a fresh heavy snowfall from the recent snowstorm with intense snow squalls and bitter wind chills poses a life-threatening risk for anyone outside for any duration, or stranded in vehicles if roads become snow-blocked. Travellers need to ensure they have an adequate car emergency kit and ample fuel if travelling any distance.

 

Please note that the City of Barrie will remain to the south of the strongest snow squalls through Wednesday. However, blowing snow can still be expected there.

 

The blizzard conditions will slowly ease somewhat tonight although the snow squalls and blowing snow are likely to continue in many areas.

 

Wind Chill Warning Continues

 

Extreme wind chills from minus 30 to minus 40 today and tonight.

 

Frigid and strong westerly winds are producing widespread dangerous wind chills of minus 30 to minus 40 today and tonight.

 

Extreme caution is advised for people heading outdoors. Exposed skin may freeze in less than 5 minutes.

 

Moreover, it is also suggested to help prevent freezing of pipes in buildings, one could turn on the lowest tap in the house and let it run as a pencil-thin stream or fast drip while keeping indoor temperatures a little warmer at night.

 

Wind chills will improve slowly on Wednesday as temperatures rise slowly and winds finally begin to ease.

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Blizzard Warning – Wind Chill Warning – Snow Squalls

Dangerous blizzard conditions later today and tonight.

 

Strengthening northwesterly winds are quickly blasting in bitterly cold Arctic air today in the wake of an intense winter storm that is moving across the Renfrew area into Southern Quebec. Flurries off of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay will intensify into frequent strong snow squalls by this afternoon across the regions. Many of the snow squalls will extend quite far inland as the winds become quite strong and gusty. Local snowfall amounts of 15 to 30 cm are quite possible in snow squalls by Tuesday morning.

 

A combination of the dangerous snow squalls with extreme wind chills of minus 35 to minus 40 will produce frequent blizzard conditions this afternoon and tonight. Frequent to widespread very low to nil visibilities with near whiteout conditions are expected especially in exposed areas during the snow squalls.

 
The combination of a fresh heavy snowfall from last night’s storm with intense snow squalls today with bitter wind chills poses a life-threatening risk for anyone outside for any duration, or stranded in vehicles if roads become snow-blocked. Travellers need to ensure they have an adequate car emergency kit and ample fuel if travelling any distance.

 

The blizzard conditions will slowly ease somewhat on Tuesday although the snow squalls and blowing snow are likely to continue in many areas.Dangerous snow squalls developing Monday producing near blizzard conditions. Combined with extreme wind chills, this may become potentially life-threatening if anyone becomes stranded in vehicles on snow-blocked highways.

 

In the wake of the storm centre, bitterly cold west to northwest winds will result in the development of intense snow squalls southeast of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm are forecast over a large area Monday as the winds carry the squalls far inland and are forecast to shift during the day. Very low visibilities are likely with near whiteout conditions under the most intense snow bands.

 

These cold brisk winds are expected to produce widespread dangerous wind chills of minus 30 to minus 35 beginning late Monday. The combination of a fresh heavy snowfall from tonight’s storm with intense snow squalls on Monday with bitter wind chills poses a life-threatening risk for anyone outside for any duration, or stranded in vehicles if roads become snow-blocked. Travellers need to ensure they have an adequate car emergency kit and ample fuel if travelling any distance.

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Snowfall Warning for Southern Ontario

15 to 20 cm snowfall today and tonight.

 

An intensifying low over Arkansas will be heading towards Southern Ontario today. A band of light snow currently lying across the region will be replaced by heavy snow this afternoon over Extreme Southwestern Ontario and east of Lake Huron. The heavy snow is forecast to reach areas east of Georgian Bay early this evening.

 

Northwest of a line from roughly Leamington to Stratford to Barrie to Pembroke, total snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm are expected before the snow tapers off overnight into early Monday morning. 20 to 25 cm may be possible locally under the heaviest snow. Blowing and drifting snow will also be likely tonight and Monday due to blistery winds associated with the storm.

 

Southeast of this line amounts will be limited as the snow is forecast to change to rain as temperatures rise above the freezing mark. For areas north of lakes Erie and Ontario a period of ice pellets and freezing rain is expected this evening during the snow to rain transition. Over Eastern Ontario, a more prolonged event is possible overnight with several hours of freezing rain forecast before temperatures rise above zero Monday morning.

 

In the wake of the storm, bitterly cold west to northwest winds will result in the development of intense snow squalls southeast of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm are forecast over a large area Monday as the winds carry the squalls far inland and are forecast to shift during the day. Very low visibilities will be likely with near whiteout conditions possible under the most intense snow bands.

 

These cold, brisk winds will also likely produce widespread dangerous wind chills beginning Monday night as some of the coldest air in years blasts across the region.

 

Travel conditions are expected to deteriorate and become hazardous due to accumulating snow and reduced visibilities in falling snow and blowing snow. Furthermore, where freezing rain falls, untreated surfaces will quickly become icy and slippery.

 

There is still some uncertainty as to the exact track of the storm centre and where the freezing rain and heaviest snow will fall. Environment Canada will continue to monitor this evolving situation and update warnings accordingly.

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Another Winter Storm On Tap for Collingwood and Blue Mountains

This winter has certainly given us a variety of weather so far in the Collingwood and Blue Mountains area, and it is looking like the start to 2014 won’t be much different! The milder weather today will be short lived. More nasty, wintry weather will be coming our way again. Another snow storm is brewing, then more bitter cold and snow squalls with heavy snow is expected on Sunday. Windy and sharply colder again Monday with blowing snow and lake effect snow squalls.

 

A cold front from a separate weather system affecting Northern Ontario will slip into Southern Ontario tonight. This front will bring a couple cm of snow with it to many areas by Sunday morning, with perhaps up to 5 cm falling at locales near Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. This front will likely stall somewhere near or just north of lakes Erie and Ontario on Sunday.

 

Meanwhile, a low pressure system developing over Oklahoma or Texas today is forecast to intensify and track northeastward along the line of this stalled front to cross Southern Ontario Sunday night.

 

Sunday is expected to dawn with snow falling over most areas. As the deepening low gets closer, the snow will become heavy over Southwestern Ontario Sunday afternoon and over the remaining regions Sunday evening. Snow will taper off overnight Sunday, but will persist into Monday morning over Eastern Ontario. There is a risk of freezing rain Sunday evening for regions near Eastern Lake Erie as well as over Eastern Ontario Sunday night into early Monday. Current indications suggest that many places will see snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm.

 

Behind the storm Monday, the brief warm up on the weekend will be a distant memory. Temperatures are set to plummet again late Monday into Tuesday with frigid Arctic air once again settling over the Great Lakes. This time, however, we will be contending with cold temperatures and strong winds. Sustained winds will be 30-40 km/h (higher over the lakes) so it will feel bitterly cold. These cold westerly winds will also kick up the lake effect snow machine with a classic westerly wind direction. Our Collingwood and Blue Mountains area will be dealing with intense snow squalls Monday evening through Tuesday.

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Environment Canada to Alter How it Reports Wind Chill and Extreme Cold

The federal government is working on a new way to warn Canadians about the need to protect themselves from the dangers of frigid weather.

 

Right now, Environment Canada issues wind chill warnings when cold temperatures and wind speeds combine to exceed health-threatening thresholds, which differ depending on where you live across the country.

 

Under a program being developed with Health Canada, the weather office would issue an Extreme Cold Warning when temperatures plunge to dangerous levels, even if winds are calm.

 

“Working outside in the cold air there is still the possibility that you can get frostbite on a nice cold day with light winds,” said Blair Morrow, an Environment Canada meteorologist working on the project. ”We just want to provide Canadians with advance warning to take the necessary steps to protect themselves.”

 

Morrow said a brutally cold day in Edmonton in early December illustrates why such a change is needed. This Dec. 6, Environment Canada issued a wind chill warning for an area when the temperature dipped to -30 C and winds hit 19 km/h, producing a face-numbing wind chill of -42 C.

 

Under the current system, no warning would have been issued had the temperature plunged to -42 C and the winds been light, even though the threat of frostbite or hypothermia would have been just as high.

 

Morrow said when the new system is introduced, perhaps as early as in 2014, Canadians will no longer see separate wind chill warnings in Environment Canada forecasts or on its website.  Wind chill and cold temperatures will be included together in the Extreme Cold Warnings.

 

“When the program is implemented, the new Extreme Cold Warning will be issued in situations of cold temperature and light winds to allow Canadians to take necessary steps to protect their health.”

 

The new warning would be linked to information on the Environment Canada website about how people can protect themselves from cold weather.  Environment Canada already provides such basic tips as planning ahead, spending less time outdoors, seeking shelter, dressing warmly in layers, wearing a proper hat and footwear, staying dry, keeping active and avoiding alcohol.

 

Extreme cold is a killer in Canada and is the biggest cause of weather-related fatalities. Environment Canada climatologist David Phillips said about 100 people die of cold-related causes each year. Many more people suffer from frostbite and less serious frostnip. This happens despite the fact that detailed weather forecasts and information are more readily available than ever before.

 

Over the years, wind chill warnings have been expressed in different ways: the time it would take for exposed flesh to freeze; heat loss in watts per square metre; or how the equivalent cold temperature due to wind speed feels on exposed skin.

 

For weather forecasters, it’s fine tuning the message about the dangers of extreme cold in the hope that more people will pay attention. ”Under certain wind conditions, Canadians are probably tricked into thinking that ‘Wow, it is not cold out there’, when it is.”

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