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Slew of weather alerts for Sault and area

Thursday, February 20, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
WEATHER ALERTS
 
ENVIRONMENT CANADA
 
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Winter storm warning continued for: White River - Dubreuilville - Wawa - Pukaskwa Park
 
Winter storm warning changed from snowfall warning for: Manitouwadge - Hornepayne
 
Warning Statement
 
Two weather systems, both tracking toward the Great Lakes, will merge and rapidly intensify into a major winter storm by this evening.
 
The storm centre is expected to reach Lake Superior overnight, then move through Northern Ontario towards James Bay on Friday.

Snow will move into the regions by this evening and quickly become heavy at times.
 
There will likely be a changeover to ice pellets and freezing rain in the Wawa - White River - Pukaskwa region overnight.

Total snowfall amounts of 25 to 30 cm of snow are forecast for tonight and Friday, except in the Wawa - White River - Pukaskwa region, where near 15 cm of snow and some freezing rain are expected.

Dangerous winter driving conditions are expected.
 
Visibility may be reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow, and will also be significantly reduced Friday due to blowing snow as strong and gusty northerly winds develop.
 
Travellers are urged to adjust or postpone their plans accordingly.
 
If travel is necessary, check highway conditions and for possible highway closures before departing.
 
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Freezing rain warning issued for: Timmins - Cochrane - Iroquois Falls
 
Freezing rain warning continued for: Agawa - Lake Superior Park - Searchmont - Montreal River Harbour - Batchawana Bay - Sault Ste. Marie - St. Joseph Island - Greater Sudbury and vicinity - Elliot Lake - Ranger Lake - Chapleau - Missinaibi Lake - Gogama - Foleyet - Kirkland Lake - Englehart - New Liskeard - Temagami - Blind River - Thessalon - Espanola - Killarney - Manitoulin Island
 
Warning Statement
 
Two weather systems, both tracking toward the Great Lakes, will merge and rapidly intensify into a major winter storm by this evening.
 
The storm centre is expected to reach Lake Superior overnight, then move through Northern Ontario towards James Bay on Friday.

Snow will spread into Northeastern Ontario this evening, then change to ice pellets and freezing rain for a few hours before changing rain by morning.

Untreated surfaces may quickly become icy and slippery as the freezing rain moves in.
 
Travellers are urged to adjust or postpone their plans accordingly.
 
If travel is necessary, check highway conditions and for possible highway closures before departing.
 
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Snowfall warning changed from winter storm watch for: Manitouwadge - Hornepayne
 
Warning Statement
 
15 to 25 cm of snow by Friday morning.

Snow is moving in as expected and will become heavy at times tonight into Friday morning.

Driving conditions will quickly become hazardous due to very low visibility in areas of heavier snow and accumulating snow on untreated highways.
 
Occasional blowing snow will also result in low visibility especially on Friday as strong and gusty northerly winds pump in a fresh cold Arctic air mass.
 
An Alberta clipper and Texas low are tracking towards the Great Lakes where they will merge and rapidly intensify into a major winter storm by this evening.
 
The storm centre is expected to reach Lake Superior on Friday morning, then move into Northern Ontario towards the Kapuskasing area by Friday evening.

This winter storm will have significant impact across all of Northern Ontario over the next couple of days.

Travellers are urged to check highway conditions and for possible highway closures.
 
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