Special Weather Statement: Vermilion Bay, Dryden, Ignace, and English River Brace for Snowfall

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Special Weather Advisory Snow

Significant Snowfall and Mixed Precipitation Expected Today into Tonight

Statement Summary:

DRYDEN – WEATHER – A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the Weather Office for the regions of Vermilion Bay, Dryden, Ignace, and English River, warning about the potential for heavy snowfall starting today around noon, which may transition into mixed precipitation as the day progresses.

Hazard Details:

  • Snowfall Accumulation: Between 5 to 15 centimetres is expected.
  • Mixed Precipitation: Snow may mix with or transition to ice pellets or freezing rain this evening, especially near Highway 17.

Timing:

  • Snow Onset: Forecasted to begin around noon today.
  • Heavy Snowfall: Expected to intensify this afternoon.
  • Transition: Areas near Highway 17 may see a transition to rain or mixed precipitation this evening, with a change to light snow by Monday morning.

Geographic Breakdown:

  • Dryden – Ignace Region: Heavy snowfall is expected with a possibility of mixed precipitation.
  • Highway 17 Vicinity: Likely transition to rain or mixed precipitation this evening.

Discussion:

The weather system moving into the region will initially bring snow, which is expected to become heavy at times during the afternoon. As temperatures fluctuate, especially closer to Highway 17, there’s a potential for mixed precipitation, including ice pellets or freezing rain. By tonight, rain may dominate the precipitation type near Highway 17, while snow continues further north. The system is expected to transition back to light snow by Monday morning.

Impact and Safety Precautions:

Wardrobe Suggestions:

  • Dress in layers to stay warm and ensure outer layers are waterproof to stay dry amidst snow and possible rain.
  • Wear sturdy, waterproof boots with good traction to prevent slips and falls on icy or snowy surfaces.

Travel Advisory:

  • Road Conditions: Roads may become slippery due to snow accumulation or icy conditions from freezing rain. Travellers are advised to exercise caution, reduce speeds, and maintain a safe following distance.
  • Visibility: Reduced visibility is likely during heavy snowfall or mixed precipitation. Ensure your vehicle’s lights are functioning properly and turned on to increase visibility.

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