THUNDER BAY – 07:20EDT October 31 2012 – If you are headed east by road from Thunder Bay today, weather conditions are going to be a factor. Environment Canada reports, “Areas of snow, mixed with ice pellets and some patchy freezing rain continue to affect the regions today as a disturbance containing the remains of post tropical storm Sandy moves northward from Southern Ontario into Quebec”.
A special weather statement calling for Snow, ice pellets, and some freezing rain has been issued for Geraldton – Longlac – Caramat; Nakina – Aroland – Pagwa; Marathon – Schreiber; Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay; Manitouwadge – Hornepayne; Wawa – White River – Pukaskwa; Agawa – Lake Superior Park; Kapuskasing – Hearst; Timmins – Cochrane; and Chapleau – Gogama.
The weather service states, “The snow and ice pellets will be confined mostly to western sections where it will remain below zero degrees for the most part. Various mixtures of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain expected in areas further east such as Timmins, Chapleau and Gogama where temperatures will near or slightly above the freezing mark.
While actual snowfall amounts will likely be in the 2 cm range today and again tonight over western sections, enough precipitation will fall to cause untreated surfaces to become slippery or icy at times, making travel difficult. There is some risk that a more organized area of freezing rain may occur over the next day or so. If this happens, a freezing rain warning may be required.
Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination due to poor winter driving conditions in the wintery precipitation. Untreated roads may be slippery and snow covered.
Motorists can keep up on the latest road conditions on Road Conditions.