Winter Travel Advisory: Kenora, Grassy Narrows, Vermilion Bay, Red Lake, Dryden and Surrounding Areas

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Winter Weather Update

Winter Travel Alert: Heavy Snow Predicted Across Northwestern Ontario

KENORA – WEATHER – Residents and travellers in Kenora, Grassy Narrows, Whitedog, Vermilion Bay, Dryden, and Red Lake are being advised to prepare for a short but intense bout of winter weather early this Monday morning, February 26, 2024.

A winter weather travel advisory is in full effect due to an expected heavy snowfall across the region.

Expected Conditions

  • Visibility Risks: Heavy snowfall will significantly reduce visibility, making travel hazardous.
  • Snowfall Intensity: Snowfall rates could peak between 2 to 5 centimetres per hour, compounding the risks on the roads.
  • Accumulations: Total snow accumulation is forecasted to be between 5 to 10 centimetres, with the bulk of it falling within a narrow window of time.

Timing and Impact

  • Near Manitoba Border: The snowstorm will hit areas close to the Manitoba border early in the morning and persist through late morning.
  • Towards Lake Superior: Communities closer to Lake Superior should brace for the storm from late morning through the afternoon.

Advisory Details

A swift-moving area of heavy snow is poised to sweep across northwestern Ontario from west to east today. The majority of snowfall is expected to occur in a matter of a few hours, leading to rapid accumulations and challenging driving conditions.

Safety Recommendations

Motorists in the affected regions are urged to reconsider non-essential travel and to stay informed on road conditions. If travel is unavoidable, drivers should prepare for difficult winter driving conditions, including reduced visibility and slippery roads. The safety of residents and travellers is paramount, and adjusting travel plans in response to this advisory is strongly recommended.

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