A few inches of snow really left its mark on Simcoe County and beyond.
Beginning Wednesday afternoon, snow fell throughout the evening in many areas of Simcoe County, including in Barrie, where the police service advised against unnecessary travel.
#BarriePolice is recommending that any unnecessary travel be reconsidered as #SnowSqualls & blowing snow are creating dangerous road conditions in and around @cityofbarrie. Motorists should be prepared for rapidly changing road & deteriorating driving conditions. #DriveSafely pic.twitter.com/QHaEDR7H9V— Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) February 27, 2020
The region’s school bus lines preemptively took this advice, having cancelled all buses through the morning run. Those who did hit the road generally found a very slick drive, including on the 400. Lanes along the northbound side were shut down for a time during the Thursday morning commute after a heavy truck found itself on its side.
A slew of cancellations were reported to the Barrie 360 newsroom over the morning and early afternoon, including the closure of many nursery schools and after-school activities.
While Environment Canada has ended earlier snowfall warnings, it did continue a squall warning for much of the region into the early afternoon Thursday; more snow is expected through to Friday, while forecasters do not anticipate the same volume of snow.