Weather Update – Extreme Cold North – Snow Squalls East

January 15 2015 Weather Update
Highway conditions earlier today on Highway 11 Image: Stephen Wilson / Twitter
Highway conditions earlier today on Highway 11 Image: Stephen Wilson / Twitter

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – Travellers heading east of Thunder Bay are going to be headed into snow squalls.

Environment Canada has issued weather watches for the eastern side of Lake Superior.

For the far north communities of Washaho First Nation / Fort Severn, Peawanuck, there are Extreme Cold Warnings in effect.

Road conditions along Highway 11 and Highway 17 have seen several accidents over the course of today.

Highway conditions appear to be a factor in some of the incidents.

There have been accidents on Highway 17 that have closed the road for short periods of time today.

Snow Squall Warnings

Warmer temperatures over the past several days have added to the slickness of road surfaces.

  • Agawa – Lake Superior Park
  • Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
  • Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay

An Arctic cold front will sweep through northeastern Ontario this evening. This front has the potential to generate a snow squall as it moves through.

Latest indications suggest the cold front and snow squall will sweep across the Timmins and Chapleau to Sault Ste. Marie areas by about 6 PM. The front will then sweep southeastward across the Manitoulin, Kirkland Lake, Sudbury and North Bay areas later this evening.

Along this cold front, a band of heavy snow is expected to develop. Many areas may receive a quick 2 to 4 cm of snow as is moves through. Visibility will be briefly reduced to near zero due to heavy snow and blowing snow as the cold front and snow squall move through. Motorists should be prepared for a sudden deterioration in driving conditions.

The cold front will move out of the area into Southern Ontario by midnight.


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