THUNDER BAY – Weather – Freezing Rain – The winter storm warning is now a freezing rain warning for Thunder Bay. Environment Canada’s earlier predictions of up to 30 cm of snow are now replaced with a warning for freezing rain in the city.
An intense low pressure system over Minnesota is expected to track northeast and develop into a major winter storm as it reaches Lake Superior Tuesday. Current information suggests precipitation will move into the Thunder Bay area late this afternoon and continue during the night. For areas close to Lake Superior precipitation is likely to fall as a mix of rain and freezing rain. Freezing rain or rainfall amounts of 10 to 20 mm are possible before precipitation changes over to snow Tuesday afternoon. For areas further inland a mixture of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain is more likely. This area of freezing rain will move into the Kapuskasing area by Tuesday morning.
Outside of Thunder Bay the snowfall warnings are in effect. To the west, for Upsala, and west toward Dryden, current indications suggest that 15 to 25 centimetres of snow are possible. Local blowing snow reducing visibility is also likely.
Travelers should consider changing their plans as driving conditions will quickly deteriorate and become hazardous with the rain and freezing rain causing slippery conditions on untreated surfaces.
The winter storm will end Tuesday night as the storm centre tracks from Lake Superior to James Bay.
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