Winter Storm Warning!

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Winter Storm for Thunder Bay
Getting out ahead of the snow is the hope of many in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Winter
At 21:40 Court Street Safeway where it is snowing heavily. Linda J. Henshell Photo

THUNDER BAY – Winter Storm warning in Thunder Bay. Environment Canada reports that heavy snow and blowing snow developing this evening.

Winter Storm for Thunder Bay

Significant snow will develop this evening and continue until midday Friday. 15 to 20 cm are expected with locally higher amounts possible along the north shore of Lake Superior and north through Geraldton. There will also be strong winds associated with the storm especially overnight tonight and through Friday. Northeast winds 30 to 50 km/h with higher gusts along Lake Superior shore will give reduced visibilities to less than 100 metres at times. Drifting snow may also cause difficulty for travel in exposed areas.

Winter Storm for Thunder Bay
Getting out ahead of the snow is the hope of many in Thunder Bay tonight

North Shore of Lake Superior

Significant freezing rain event tonight into Friday.

A large low pressure system originating from Texas will track towards the Central Great Lakes tonight. Freezing rain and ice pellets in Timmins will become heavier tonight and for the other regions. As temperatures fall later tonight, a prolonged period of freezing rain and ice pellets is expected to begin and persist until Friday morning.

Significant icing is possible across portions of the warned regions, particularly tonight, with up to 10 millimetres of freezing rain possible. As a result, there is a concern of power outages due to downed tree limbs and power lines. In addition, travelling conditions will deteriorate and become hazardous with icing on untreated surfaces.

For the Gogama region, temperatures across the southern portions of the region will remain above zero with only a risk of freezing rain. For this reason, a rainfall warning is also in effect for the southern sections.

The freezing rain is expected to change to snow then taper off later on Friday as the low pressure system pulls away into Quebec.

Victoriaville snow
Stormy snowy April – Victoriaville Centre in Thunder Bay

 

Christmas April Showers
The April Snow Showers might tempt many to put up their Christmas Tree – Photo by Linda J. Henshell

 

Approximately 6 inches of snow on Dease street- Winter storm Photo By:Nathan Ogden
Approximately 6 inches of snow on Dease street- Winter storm Photo By:Nathan Ogden

Street sign on the corner of Dease and Vickers almost completely covered in snow-Winter Storm Photo By:Nathan Ogden
Street sign on the corner of Dease and Vickers almost completely covered in snow-Winter Storm Photo By:Nathan Ogden

Cars down Vickers at about 10MPH-Winter Storm Photo By:Nathan Ogden
Cars down Vickers at about 10MPH-Winter Storm Photo By:Nathan Ogden

Storm Warnings across Region

Gull Bay – Black Sturgeon Lake

3:54 PM EDT Thursday 18 April 2013
Winter storm warning for 
Gull Bay – Black Sturgeon Lake changed from Snowfall warning

Heavy snow and blowing snow developing this evening.

Significant snow will develop this evening and continue until midday Friday. 15 to 20 cm are expected with locally higher amounts possible along the north shore of Lake Superior and north through Geraldton. There will also be strong winds associated with the storm especially overnight tonight and through Friday. Northeast winds 30 to 50 km/h with higher gusts along Lake Superior shore will give reduced visibilities to less than 100 metres at times. Drifting snow may also cause difficulty for travel in exposed areas.

Beardmore – Jellicoe – Macdiarmid
3:54 PM EDT Thursday 18 April 2013
Winter storm warning for 
Beardmore – Jellicoe – Macdiarmid changed from Snowfall warning

Heavy snow and blowing snow developing this evening.

Significant snow will develop this evening and continue until midday Friday. 15 to 20 cm are expected with locally higher amounts possible along the north shore of Lake Superior and north through Geraldton. There will also be strong winds associated with the storm especially overnight tonight and through Friday. Northeast winds 30 to 50 km/h with higher gusts along Lake Superior shore will give reduced visibilities to less than 100 metres at times. Drifting snow may also cause difficulty for travel in exposed areas.

Armstrong – Auden – Wabakimi Park
3:54 PM EDT Thursday 18 April 2013
Winter storm warning for 
Armstrong – Auden – Wabakimi Park issued

Heavy snow and blowing snow developing this evening.

Significant snow will develop this evening and continue until midday Friday. 15 to 20 cm are expected with locally higher amounts possible along the north shore of Lake Superior and north through Geraldton. There will also be strong winds associated with the storm especially overnight tonight and through Friday. Northeast winds 30 to 50 km/h with higher gusts along Lake Superior shore will give reduced visibilities to less than 100 metres at times. Drifting snow may also cause difficulty for travel in exposed areas.