Lake Effect Snow to Cause Disruptions; Essential Vehicle Safety Kit Recommendations
October 31, 2023 | Sault Ste. Marie — A Winter Travel Advisory has been issued early this morning concerning potentially hazardous travel conditions expected to prevail until late morning. The advisory, which specifically highlights the stretch of Highway 17 from Agawa Bay to Batchawana Bay, comes as a warning to individuals traveling eastward from Thunder Bay or westward into Thunder Bay.
Lake Effect Snow: A Major Concern
The primary concern stems from the lake effect snow, which can be heavy at times, causing a reduction in visibility and making driving particularly hazardous. Local snowfall amounts are predicted to range between 5 to 10 cm. Such conditions are known to vary considerably over short distances due to snow squalls, making it challenging for motorists on the road.
Advice for Motorists
Motorists are advised to adjust their travel plans accordingly to avoid the worst of the weather conditions. The advisory stresses the importance of reducing speed when visibility is compromised and to always be prepared to stop, especially when tail lights are spotted ahead.
Vehicle Safety Kit Recommendations
In light of the current weather advisory, having a well-stocked vehicle safety kit is highly advisable. Here are some essential items to include in your vehicle’s safety kit:
- First-Aid Kit: For treating minor injuries.
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries: To ensure visibility during power outages or if stranded at night.
- Blankets or Sleeping Bags: To keep warm.
- Jumper Cables: To restart the car battery.
- Snow Shovel and Ice Scraper: To clear snow around the vehicle.
- Sand or Cat Litter: To create traction under tires in icy conditions.
- Non-perishable Food and Water: To sustain oneself in case of being stranded.
- Extra Clothing and Footwear: To stay dry and warm.
- Chargeable Phone Battery or Power Bank: To maintain communication.
- Road Maps: To navigate in case of GPS failure.
Stay updated on the road conditions and other traveller information by visiting ontario.ca/511, following twitter.com/511Ontario, or calling 5-1-1.
Your proactive approach toward weather alerts and vehicle preparedness ensures that you, your passengers and your vehicle remain safe during their travels amid challenging winter weather conditions.