Stratford News Environment Canada issues Snow Squall Watch for the Stratford area SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 2019 Stratford and area under a Special Weather Statement. Photo supplied by Environment Canada. Things could be about to get messy with Snow squalls are expected to develop. Environment Canada has issued a Snow Squall Watch for the Stratford area. Under the snow squall bands, it could be hard to see because of heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and the snow quickly accumulating with the snow squalls expected early Wednesday into Thursday. The snow squalls are expected to continue into early Thursday with the arrival of a cold arctic airmass. While visibilities will be significantly reduced at times, heavy accumulations of snow are not expected as shifting winds will prevent the snow squalls from lingering over any one location for an extended period of time. The total snowfall accumulations of 5 to 15 cm will be possible by the time the squalls come to an end during the day Thursday. Officials say that travel might be hazardous because of sudden changes in the weather and surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.