Wawa residents and travellers, take note: a significant snowfall warning is in effect, especially impacting travel along Highway 17. This early morning alert calls for heightened caution due to heavy snow and changing road conditions.
Snowfall Warning Details:
- Hazard: The region is experiencing substantial snowfall, with accumulations expected to be between 15 to 25 cm. At times, the snowfall rates could reach 2 to 4 cm per hour, leading to rapid accumulation.
- Timing: The heaviest snow is expected to taper off as the morning progresses, but that doesn’t mean the end of snowy conditions.
- Current Situation: Areas south of Wawa continue to see heavy snowfall this morning. As the morning advances, the intensity should lessen. However, the arrival of colder air in the region will trigger lake effect flurries off Lake Superior.
- Affected Areas: Particularly, areas between Montreal River Harbour and Sault Ste Marie are under a snow squall warning, indicating more intense and localized snowfall.
Travel and Safety Advisory:
- Travel Impact: The rapid accumulation of snow will make travel conditions difficult. If you need to travel along Highway 17 or in the affected areas, expect challenging conditions.
- Visibility Concerns: Be aware that visibility may be significantly reduced at times in heavy snow. This can happen suddenly, making driving even more hazardous.
- Adapting to Conditions: It’s crucial to adjust your driving to match the road conditions. Slow down, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and be prepared for changing visibility.
Conclusion: For those in Wawa and the surrounding areas, especially travelers on Highway 17, it’s essential to stay informed and exercise caution. The heavy snowfall may pose challenges, but with careful planning and awareness, safety can be maintained. Keep an eye on updates and adjust your plans accordingly to navigate safely through this snowy day.