THUNDER BAY – October 4 2012- Winter storm warnings are in effect for Northwestern Ontario. Environment Canada reports, “A strengthening low pressure centre over Minnesota this morning will track across Northwestern Ontario this afternoon and towards James Bay by late Friday. Periods of rain is expected to change to wet snow today, especially near the Manitoba border. A slushy accumulation of 5 to locally 10 centimetres is likely by evening with higher amounts possible near Manitoba. Further amounts of 5 to locally 15 cm is expected tonight with a few more centimetres on Friday before it winds down”.
The warning includes Kenora, Grassy Narrows and Whitedog.
Strong northerly winds of 40 gusting to 60 km/h will accompany the snow this afternoon and tonight, reducing visibilities to very poor. The wet snow accumulation on leafy trees combined with strong winds will likely lead to some falling limbs and local power outages. Wet snow and slush on roads will also make for poor road conditions. Motorists are advised to use caution while travelling.