A winter storm warning is in effect for Eastern Ontario, beginning this evening (Sunday, January 16).

Environment and Natural Resources Canada issued the warning Sunday morning, noting winter storm conditions for Prescott and Russell and surrounding areas are expected to begin in the evening, then continue overnight and into Monday evening. Total snowfall amounts of 25 to 40 centimetres are expected, with localized higher amounts of up to 50 centimetres.

Snow is expected to be heavy at times, with peak snowfall rates of two to five centimetres per hour possible, which could significantly reduce visibilities. Significant amounts of blowing snow are also expcted, due to winds gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour.

The storm is being fueled by a low-pressure system tracking south of the Great Lakes will bring significant snowfall to the region. Heavy snow will likely significantly impact Monday commutes. Local blowing snow is also possible Monday afternoon and evening with gusty northerly to northwesterly winds.

Motorists are urged to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Members of the public are urged to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ONStorm.