Wawa and Region Winter Weather Travel Advisory Issued: Will Impact Highway 17

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Winter Weather Update

WAWA – WEATHER – As of 5:32 AM EDT on Saturday, March 16, 2024, a winter weather travel advisory is in effect for Wawa and the surrounding regions, stretching along the North Shore of Lake Superior from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie.

Travellers are urged to exercise caution due to heavy snowfall and reduced visibility, especially in the early hours of the morning. With current temperatures hovering around 0.3°C and winds coming from the south at 14 km/h, the area is experiencing near-zero visibility in some places due to heavy snow.

Stay safe and informed as the weather develops, and consider delaying non-essential travel until conditions improve. For more information on road conditions and travel advisories, visit ontario.ca/511 or follow @511Ontario on Twitter.

Today’s Weather Overview

Current Conditions

Observed from Wawa Airport at 6:00 AM, the weather remains challenging:

  • Temperature: 0.3°C
  • Dew Point: -0.1°C
  • Humidity: 97%
  • Pressure: 100.0 kPa
  • Wind: South at 14 km/h
  • Visibility: Reduced in heavy snow
  • Snowfall: Near 5 cm accumulation expected

Extended Weather Forecast

Expected Conditions

  • Today: Snow at times heavy, ending this morning followed by mainly cloudy skies. A 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries with a steady temperature near plus 3°C. Winds becoming west at 30 km/h, gusting to 50. Snowfall amount of 5 cm expected.
  • Tonight: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of flurries in the evening. Flurries beginning near midnight with local blowing snow overnight. An additional 2 cm of snow expected. Wind chill reaching minus 10 overnight.
  • Sunday, March 17: Flurries ending near noon then cloudy with a 40 percent chance of flurries and local blowing snow in the morning. Temperature steady near minus 3°C. Wind chill near minus 10.
  • Sunday Night: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 11°C.
  • Monday, March 18: A mix of sun and cloud with a high of minus 2°C. Nighttime brings cloudy periods with a 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 9°C.

Wardrobe Recommendations

Given the fluctuating temperatures and snowy conditions, it’s advisable to wear layered clothing with a waterproof outer layer. Don’t forget insulated boots, gloves, and a hat to keep warm, especially during windy conditions that can drastically reduce the perceived temperature.

Weather Trivia

Did you know? Wawa, named after the Ojibwe word for “wild goose,” is located near the famously scenic Lake Superior Provincial Park. The region’s unique geography can lead to rapid weather changes, especially during the transition seasons of spring and fall.

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