THUNDER BAY – Weather – Environment Canada has upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning. 25 to 30 cm of snow tonight and Friday except for near 15 cm of snow and some freezing rain for the Wawa area.
Snow from the winter storm 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 area overnight.
Total snowfall amounts of 25 to 30 cm are likely except over the Wawa area where total amounts will be held to near 15 cm thanks to the forecast changeover to ice pellets and freezing rain.
If you have travel plans, or Friday grocery plans, the time to do them is today, before the predicted weather system hits.
It can also be an idea to get out and make sure your snowblower is fuelled up. With the large amount of snow predicted across Northwestern Ontario, it is also a positive idea to ensure that Elders in northern communities have enough food, and firewood if needed to get through into the weekend.
Travel on the highways if the amounts of snow predicted arrive is going to be difficult on Friday. 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 pump in fresh and cold Arctic air.
Travel is not recommended, and plans should be adjusted accordingly.