Weather Update – Snow and Freezing Rain Impact Region – March 7 2017

Weather Warning
Weather Warning

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – The winter storm tracking into Northern Ontario has Environment Canada issuing extended weather advisories this morning.

Special Weather Statements are in effect with the weather service calling for more snow. Snowfalls from 10cm and up are in the forecast. The weather will impact Sioux Lookout and Pickle Lake making it likely that air travel to the north will be impacted.

Environment Canada says “An intense storm system tracking north from North Dakota is forecast to move along the Manitoba and Ontario border Today. Freezing rain has developed last night and will continue early this morning. Freezing rain will change over to rain this morning, then change to snow this evening”. Snowfall totals up to 10 cm are possible. However, winds will be increasing tonight into Wednesday with areas of blowing snow and poor visibility in open areas. Blowing snow warnings are likely. Blizzard conditions are also possible over areas near Hudson bay. Travel will become hazardous.

Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Savant Lake – Sturgeon Lake
  • Sioux Lookout – Eastern Lac Seul
  • Pickle Lake – Mishkeegogamang

Snow sometimes heavy possible today.

Snow will begin this morning and taper off tonight. The current guidance suggests that the snowfall amounts in a range of 5 to 15 cm are possible. However, the amounts could be highly variable due to some uncertainty.

Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Pikangikum – Poplar Hill – MacDowell
  • Sandy Lake – Weagamow Lake – Deer Lake

Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Summer Beaver – Wunnummin Lake – Kingfisher Lake

The major winter storm will continue to impact Far Northwestern Ontario today into Wednesday.

Freezing Rain warnings remain in effect along the James Bay Coast for communities including Fort Severn, Big Trout Lake, Sachigo Lake.