Weather Alert: Sault Ste. Marie Forecast For Significant Rainfall and Possible Snow

Discover the latest weather forecast for Sault Ste. Marie, including a special weather statement warning of significant rainfall and possible snow. Stay informed on what to expect and how to prepare

SAULT STE. MARIE – WEATHER – Sault Ste. Marie is facing a significant weather event as a special weather statement has been issued, cautioning residents about potential heavy rainfall and subsequent snowfall through the weekend.

With the ground still frozen, the ability to absorb the impending rainfall is compromised, raising concerns for localized flooding in low-lying areas.

Today’s Weather Overview

Current Conditions

As of 6:00 AM EST at Sault Ste. Marie Airport, conditions are partly cloudy with a temperature of 1.8°C. The pressure is at 102.2 kPa and falling, indicating the approach of the weather system.

Humidity stands at 58% with an east wind blowing at 10 km/h, and visibility is at 32 km. The forecast for today predicts mainly cloudy skies with a high of plus 5°C and a low UV index of 2, suggesting minimal sun exposure.

Historical Context

March in Sault Ste. Marie typically experiences a mix of late winter and early spring weather, making today’s conditions and the upcoming weather event not uncommon. The significant rainfall expected, however, highlights the ongoing transition period and the challenges it can present.

Expected Conditions

The weather is set to take a turn tonight, with rain beginning this evening and mixing with snow overnight. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 mm are expected, with a low of plus 1°C. Saturday will see rain or snow changing to periods of snow in the morning, with additional rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 mm and local snowfall of 2 cm.

Temperatures will hit a high of plus 2°C before falling to minus 2°C in the afternoon, bringing wind chills of minus 7°C. The UV index will remain low at 1.

Sunday and Beyond

Sunday’s forecast predicts cloudy skies with a 30 percent chance of flurries and a high of zero. The night will clear up, leading to a low of minus 9°C.

This shift suggests the region might experience a brief calm after the weekend’s weather disturbances.

Wardrobe Recommendations

With the forecasted mix of rain and snow, residents should opt for waterproof and layered clothing to stay dry and warm. Waterproof boots, umbrellas, and warm hats and gloves are advisable, especially on Saturday when the temperature drops and wind chill becomes a factor.

Weather Trivia

Did you know that Sault Ste. Marie once recorded a snowfall of over 30 cm in a single March day? Such events underscore the city’s resilience in facing the varied climatic conditions typical of the transition from winter to spring.

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