Windy and wintry with risk of snow squalls

10-15 cm of snow is possible for the Barrie and Collingwood area

November came in like a pussycat, but could grow into a lion by this evening.

Mother Nature decided to save her scare for the day after Halloween, as an Alberta Clipper will cross the region bringing strong winds.

Environment Canada has posted a wind warning for Barrie, Collingwood, Midland, Collingwood, Hilldale and Orr Lake. The wind will gust to 90 km/h per hour this evening and overnight. Elsewhere, the wind will be in the 70-80 km/h per hour range, just below warning criteria. Muskoka is expected to miss the severe wind.

As the wind fires up, that will stir the lake effect snow machine and bring parts of the region its first significant snowfall of the season.

A snow squall watch is in effect for the Barrie, Collingwood and Hillsdale area. Forecasters expect heavy flurries and squalls to develop this evening and continue through the night. The going rate will be 10-15 cm, with heaviest amounts expected on the higher terrain around Collingwood.

The wind will continue to howl causing local blowing snow.

Forecasters say the snow will quickly taper off Monday morning and the wind will diminish during the afternoon.