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Major storm heading this way warns Environment Canada

Tuesday, February 18, 2014   by: Staff



Special weather statement issued for: Manitouwadge - Hornepayne - White River - Dubreuilville - Wawa - Pukaskwa Park - Agawa - Lake Superior Park - Searchmont - Montreal River Harbour - Batchawana Bay - Sault Ste. Marie - St. Joseph Island - Greater Sudbury and vicinity - Elliot Lake - Ranger Lake - Timmins - Cochrane - Iroquois Falls - Chapleau - Missinaibi Lake - Gogama - Foleyet - Kirkland Lake - Englehart - New Liskeard - Temagami - Blind River - Thessalon - Espanola - Killarney - Manitoulin Island

Current details: 
Major winter storm threatening later this week.

An Alberta clipper and a Texas low are expected to develop by Wednesday evening and then will both track towards the Great Lakes on Thursday.

Latest indications suggest both of these weather systems may merge into a major winter storm by Friday which may then track across the Great Lakes and Northern Ontario into Hudson Bay.

This may set the stage for quite a potent and large winter storm by Friday.

Significant amounts of snow are possible for Northwestern Ontario which should remain in the cold Arctic air right through.

Over Northeastern Ontario, precipitation will probably start out as snow then may change through ice pellets and freezing rain to rain, with the greatest chance of a changeover to rain near the north shore of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay as milder air tries to move in for a short visit by Friday morning.

Much colder Arctic air will quickly return to all districts by Friday evening as very strong and gusty winds blast a cold front quickly t hrough to the east of the province.

This winter storm has the potential for significant impact on travel beginning Thursday as snow ahead of the Alberta clipper and Texas low spreads into Northwestern Ontario.

Such winter storms typically produce 15 to 30 cm of snow on their cold northwestern side.

On the milder eastern side of the storm, a coating to 10 cm of snow plus 10-20 mm of rain along with ice pellets and some freezing rain often appear.

Very strong winds in the wake of this winter storm centre may also be an issue to deal with by Friday.

There is still some uncertainty as to the exact track of the storm centre.

This will affect the location of the heaviest snow and how far north the freezing precipitation and rain get into Northern Ontario.

Environment Canada is closely monitoring this developing situation and will update this statement accordingly.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.


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rezdood79 2/18/2014 8:34:43 PM Report

Kool let it snow let it snow let it snow i dont not drive so i dont haff 2 shoval
Javaman 2/18/2014 9:43:12 PM Report

Lets go for a snowfall record. One problem though...its called spring flooding.
S.Claus 2/18/2014 9:52:40 PM Report

With the terrible winter we have been having - I noticed that the GLOBAL WARMING people are staying pretty quiet - they must be meeting with the FLAT EARTH SOCIETY
willoweep 2/18/2014 10:15:05 PM Report

rezdood I don't guess you do too much of anything ,if yo don't have to go anywhere

A lot of us don't have any choice.

It's been a hum dinger of a Winter ,we have had to shovel our Garage roof twice already this year!

The possibility for power outages will be high as well with strong winds,heavy snow /rain/sleet/.

A good time to make sure you have provisions for a cpl of days ,charge up your cell phones and see if Seniors and disabled need anything.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/18/2014 10:27:50 PM Report

Good Plan Willow!

Rezdood - you are joking eh? lol
ya gottabe
Daiv 2/18/2014 10:35:28 PM Report

You live in an apartment, I hope.
If you're in a house and don't shovel your driveway, I hope paramedics don't have to visit you ever!

That being said, I do shovel and let it snow!
Javaman 2/18/2014 10:38:17 PM Report

LETS hope they are wrong on this one....many times they get all worked up in their forecasting and we get lucky.
moosehead1966 2/18/2014 11:43:01 PM Report

S. Claus, you my friend represent the reason that education is so important. What an ignoramus, speaking about global warming like you have any inking what you are talking about. Sadness…..

Go to there library. might do ya' good….
Pakadeva 2/18/2014 11:59:11 PM Report

I hope they are mistaken, I have to take flight Friday morning haha
dadal 2/19/2014 12:07:47 AM Report

I agree Moosehead, S.Clause needs to be something called educated, or edumakated as I'm sure S. Clause would say it. In fact S. Clause since you kinda know how to use a computer, why no wander over to Google and look up Global Warming and edumakate yourself on the effects ( that means what it does).
Verbatim 2/19/2014 1:47:10 AM Report

@ s clause

its a known scientific fact that global warming causes temperatures to actually drop and cause ice has to do with the sun not reflecting back from the ice surfaces in the north and south pole..the oceans absorb the heat changing the weather patterns which affect the air currents which is the major reason we are experiencing so much cold weather
thegarbage 2/19/2014 7:33:39 AM Report

Its called climate change. Its been happening for millions of years. Idiots. If humans weren't here it would still be happening. Give your heads a shake. Idiots
undecided 2/19/2014 8:56:15 AM Report

I love how the deniers of global climate change {mostly conservative driven} come on here and say climate change is normal that it happens over millions of years, [very true]. Were doing it over a few decades JUST A SLIGHT DIFFERENCE. but hey don't let all the facts get in the way
fcubed 2/19/2014 9:09:09 AM Report

Our current old-time winter is a mere taste of what is to come over next several years as/if water levels in Lake Huron-Michigan are to recover.

From :

I quote “Lake Michigan-Huron has a wide range of water-level fluctuations in recorded history (6.6 ft), with a maximum of 582.6 ft (IGLD 1985) in June 1886 and a minimum of 576.0 ft in March-April 1964 (fig. 6). The mean annual variability from wintertime low to summertime high is 1.0 ft (578.5 to 579.5 ft), as determined using data from 1918 to present.”

This report also includes a suite of graphs presenting the (annual) highs and lows for each of the great lakes beginning with 1860 and ending with 2005.

From another source (not recorded) the sequence of previous highs for Lake Huron were reported as 1929, 1952, 1973, 1986 and 1997 with the 1986 the greatest high. From same report the sequence of lows began with 1926, then 1934, then 1964 and 2003. !964 is the all time recorded low.

I began my career as natural resource technician in 1963. During the early spring of 1963 just after the ice-departure permitted I assisted with the survey of the log-booming-grounds at the mouth of the Mississauga river west of Blind River to prepare a contour map of the bottom and estimate the amount of material to be moved/removed to facilitate log handling. A contract was let by McFadden Lumber Company to have a “sand-sucker” do the necessary work.

This information relates to our current and likely next few winters. Much water is lost by evaporation; ice cover reduces evaporations and ice-cover is a consequence of very cold winters.

The snow-pack and spring run-off along with adequate summer precipitation is necessary for recovery of the Lake Huron-Michigan water levels. The period of the late 1960s and 1970s had both cold winters and significant snow-packs north of Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

Thus the extreme 1964 low water level of Lake Huron increased to a recorded all time high level in 1986.

It would be wise for the people (MTO) responsible for our winter road maintenance as well as the people responsible for being prepared for spring floods to consider this natural historical cycle of precipitation in northern Ontario with emphasis on winter precipitation and temperatures.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/19/2014 9:28:34 AM Report

Interesting! Thanks!
irishfey 2/19/2014 9:46:32 AM Report

Willoweep... You have a good heart thinking about the Seniors and the Disabled.....I am both but always stock up for things that may come...I call it trying to be self effecient so i won"t be a burden to others..... Bless you...
thegarbage 2/19/2014 9:49:56 AM Report

Undecided. You my friend are a moron.
undecided 2/19/2014 2:20:34 PM Report

wow what a retard. Sorry I meant retort. Don't want to offend the mentally challenged.
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