THUNDER BAY – A week of warm weather has come to a rapid end. Snowfall in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario is making roads slick, and driving conditions harsh. There is a weather warning issued for areas just to the west of Thunder Bay. For Thunder Bay a special weather statement was issued at 9:07AM this morning.
Environment Canada states, “Snowfall amounts for the City of Thunder Bay and Superior West are forecast to be in the 5 to 10 cm range today. North of the lake the precipitation will be predominantly snow. Snowfall amounts for Nipigon – Marathon – Superior North are expected to be 5 to 10 cm today and another cm or two tonight. Also, there continues to be a risk for periods of freezing rain and/or ice pellets for the shoreline from Thunder Bay through to Marathon.
“A low pressure system developing over Wisconsin will track over Lake Superior today bringing a wintry mix of precipitation to Northern Ontario. For areas stretching from the Manitoba border northeast to Lake Nipigon then east through the Geraldton region, snow will begin early this morning. There will also be a risk of freezing rain and ice pellets, especially near the Minnesota border early this morning. Snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 centimetres are expected by this evening. An additional 10 to 15 centimetres are possible tonight over Nakina – Aroland – Pagwa, Kapuskasing – Hearst and Timmins – Cochrane. Snow will end from west to east Sunday morning.
“Precipitation will likely begin as freezing rain over Northeastern Ontario near the Wawa, Chapleau and Kirkland Lake – New Liskeard – Temagami regions early this morning. The freezing rain is expected to persist for much of the day then change to rain late in the day as warmer air pushes in from the south. The band of freezing rain may shift northwards through the Timmins – Cochrane – Iroquois Falls and possibly the Kapuskasing – Hearst – Smooth Rock Falls regions tonight.
“Both significant snow amounts and prolonged freezing rain will contribute to hazardous travel conditions. Motorists are advised to use extra caution and adjust travel plans accordingly”.
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