Winter Storm and Freezing Rain Warnings Extended – 11:35EDT May 18 2015

Freezing Rain its possible in Ontario's Far North
Freezing Rain warning

Environment Canada is calling for the possibility of freezing rain today.
Environment Canada is calling for the possibility of freezing rain

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – Weather continues to dominate for holiday Monday this Victoria Day.

Freezing rain warning in effect for:

  • Upsala – Raith
  • Ignace – English River
  • Geraldton – Manitouwadge – Hornpayne
  • Moosenee

Ice build-up due to freezing rain is expected or occurring according to Environment Canada.

Periods of freezing rain and ice pellets are expected before the precipitation turns over to all snow early this afternoon in western sections, and by this evening in eastern sections.

Hazardous winter travelling conditions are expected as untreated surfaces may become icy and slippery.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Utility outages may occur.

WINTER STORM Warning

  • Pickle Lake – Cat Lake
  • Sioux Lookout – Savant Lake

Hazardous winter conditions are expected. Environment Canada is calling for an additional 2-4 cm of snow over the course of the afternoon before the snow tapers off . Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm with locally higher amounts of 20 to 30 are expected before the winter storm ends this evening.

In addition strong and gusty northerly winds will whip up the freshly fallen snow, resulting in reduced visibility in blowing snow in exposed areas.

Hazardous winter travelling conditions are expected from this nasty winter storm, and travel is not recommended.

Special Weather Statement for Thunder Bay

Environment Canada reports, ” Over Northwestern Ontario, rain will become mixed with ice pellets and perhaps some freezing rain before switching over to snow this afternoon or early evening. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 5 cm are expected in many areas, although it appears that snowfall amounts will be closer to the 2 cm mark near the Lakehead at Thunder Bay. Enough snow will fall though to whiten the grass and make Victoria day look more like winter”.

Over Northeastern Ontario, precipitation will turn over some ice pellets and snow tonight as it will take a little longer for the cold Arctic air in the wake of the front to arrive.

As of 11:00 AM the temperature at Timmins was 23 degrees while Kapuskasing reported 3 degrees behind the cold front.