Waterloo Region will experience heavy snowfall on Saturday, with five to 10 centimetres of accumulation expected by the end of the day.

CBC meteorologist Ross Hull said though some flurries will fall through Friday, the real accumulation will begin on the weekend.

"Saturday, say around 10 a.m., you'll start to see some of that snow falling and the snow is going to intensify through the day on Saturday. So by the evening hours it will likely be a little more intense," said Hull. 

Environment Canada says "this could be the first significant snowfall of the season" for the area that includes Waterloo Region, Guelph, Erin, northern and southern Wellington County, Mount Forest and Arthur which to date have seen little snowfall.  

"At this point I'm pretty comfortable with [forecasting] five to 10 centimetres. That being said, it's not an epic snowfall event but with the wind, if you're travelling along the 401, local highways and so on, driving will certainly be tricky with reduced visibility at times with that snow blowing around,"  said Hull. 

Friday's flurries caused a number of school bus delays and cancellations across Southwestern Ontario, including the following: 


Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Services cancelled school buses serving North Wellington County.

Schools that rely solely upon bus and taxi service closed:

  • Centre Peel Public School
  • Kenilworth Public School
  • Maryborough Public School


In Milverton Region, all buses were cancelled. Mornington Central School is closed to students. Milverton Public is open for students and staff who can arrive safely.

In the North Huron Region, all school buses – including specialized transportation buses – were cancelled.

  • Maitland River Elementary remains open for students who can arrive safely.
  • Brookside Public school closed to students.
  • Sacred Heart School in Wingham closed to students.
  • FE Madill School (grades 7-12) remains open for study purposes only for those who can arrive safely. No regular classes for students. The curling trip planned for today has been cancelled.

In the Listowel area, there were a number of bus delays and cancellations, as well as a few school closures: 

  • No buses running to Listowel District Secondary School. The school remains open for study purposes.
  • St. Mary’s (Listowel) is closed to students.

No buses and the following schools have been closed:

  • Wallace PS
  • Howick Central PS
  • Elma Township PS
  • Northwoods ES