Environment Canada is advising motorists to watch out for difficult driving conditions as an intense winter storm blasts strong winds across southern Ontario.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Hamilton and the region early Friday morning, forecasting winds gusting up to 80 kilometres per hour across most of southern Ontario.

A storm over Lake Superior will bring a sharp Arctic cold front across the region, as the weather system moves north toward Eastern Hudson Bay.

Strong southwesterly winds are expected late Friday and into the night, Environment Canada forecasts.

The winds are strong enough to cause difficult driving conditions, especially for motorists on highways, due to strong cross winds.

Winds will ease somewhat on Saturday, Environment Canada forecasts, but it will still feel quite windy and cold.