WEST CARLETON – Don’t let the warm weather fool you, thick snow is on the way.

Environment Canada issued a snow squall watch this morning calling for intense snow this afternoon.

“Intense snow squall possible this afternoon,” Environment Canada released in a statement early this morning (March 1). “A relatively narrow, but intense snow squall is forecast to develop late this morning and then move across the area this afternoon into early this evening.”

Locally heavy snowfall will occur with this snow squall, resulting in a quick five to 10 centimetres of new snow.

“Strong northwesterly winds gusting up to 60 km/h will also occur this afternoon,” Environment Canada said. “These strong winds will combine with the heavy snow to result in reduced visibilities in blowing snow and difficult travel conditions over portions of the area. The snow squall is expected to move south of the region by this evening.”

Motorists are advised to exercise caution.