Winter Weather Bearing Down on Northwestern Ontario

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THUNDER BAY – Winter is taking aim at Northwestern Ontario. Snow is in the forecast across the southern part of the region. Dryden, Ignace, and south to Fort Frances. The weather is also going to impact Webequie, Ogoki Post, Landsdowne House, and Fort Hope.

Winter storm watch in effect for:

  • Ignace – English River
  • Dryden
  • Geraldton – Longlac – Caramat
  • Nakina – Aroland – Pagwa
  • Fort Frances – Emo – Rainy River
  • Seine River Village – Mine Centre
  • Kakabeka Falls – Whitefish Lake – Arrow Lake

Environment Canada is calling for an early season winter storm with 15-25 cm snow and blowing snow.

A low pressure system brewing in the central plains states is expected to intensify into an early season winter storm and then track northeast to Lake Superior on Friday. Precipitation will start out as rain or wet snow on Thursday evening then change over to all snow by Friday morning.

Snow, heavy at times, is expected to continue Friday then end from west to east on Friday night.

Latest indications suggest most regions will receive 15 to 25 cm of snow by Friday night.

Strong and gusty northerly winds are also expected to whip up the freshly fallen snow, with blowing snow expected in exposed areas.

Travelling conditions will quickly deteriorate Thursday night, with very low visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow expected in many areas Friday.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Fort Hope – Lansdowne House – Ogoki
  • Webequie

Early season snowstorm with at least 15 cm of snow on the way.

Snowfall accumulation in excess of 15 cm is possible Friday into Saturday as a low pressure system developing over the Central Plains States is forecast to track northeast towards the region. This low pressure area is expected to reach Lake Superior Friday, then continue to track northeast towards Southern James Bay on Saturday.

The heaviest snow is expected Friday night into Saturday and will likely be accompanied by brisk northerly winds resulting in some blowing snow in exposed areas.

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