Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect for Barrie and Surrounding Area

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the following areas:

  • Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale
  • Muskoka – Parry Sound
  • Owen Sound – Blue Mountains  – Grey County
  • Bruce Peninsula – Sauble Beach – Tobermory

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

Scattered thunderstorms are forming across portions of the province to the east of Georgian Bay into Eastern Ontario in response to an approaching disturbance. Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon into this evening. Brief wind gusts to 90 km/h, 2 centimetre hail and heavy downpours are the main concerns with these thunderstorms.

Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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