Sault Ste. Marie Weather Outlook: Winter Weather Advisory Issued

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Sault Ste. Marie is under a winter weather advisory as an early spring storm is forecasted to impact the region from tonight through Thursday. The incoming Colorado low is anticipated to bring a mixture of strong winds, rain, and significant snowfall, potentially disrupting travel and causing power outages. With the weather expected to shift from rain to heavy snowfall, residents are advised to prepare for challenging conditions.

Today’s Weather Overview

Current Conditions

As of 6:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, 2 April 2024, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport reports mainly clear skies with a temperature just below freezing at -0.2°C. The barometric pressure is on a downward trend at 101.5 kPa, and humidity is at 71%. The east-northeast wind is blowing at 17 km/h, creating a wind chill that feels like -5°C. Visibility stands strong at 32 km, offering clear conditions before the storm sets in.

Expected Conditions

Today, cloudiness will increase, with a 30 percent chance of showers by late afternoon. The wind will come from the east at 20 km/h, pushing temperatures to a high of 7°C under a moderately strong UV index of 4.

Tonight, the weather will take a significant turn as periods of rain transition to snow or rain around midnight, with expected rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 mm. The wind will strengthen, gusting from 40 to 60 km/h, as temperatures hover around plus 1°C.

Wednesday will see a continuation of periods of snow or rain, changing back to rain around noon, adding another 10 to 15 mm of precipitation. Wind speeds will remain high in the morning before diminishing slightly, with a high temperature of plus 4°C. The UV index will drop to 1, indicating low solar intensity.

The weather will gradually improve by Thursday, with a mix of sun and cloud and a 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers, leading to a high of 6°C. The night will clear up, setting the stage for a sunny Friday with a high of 7°C and clear conditions continuing into the night.

Wardrobe Recommendations

Given the expected conditions, layering is crucial. Start with a base layer to keep warm, add a mid-layer for insulation, and finish with a waterproof and windproof outer layer to protect against rain and snow. Don’t forget waterproof boots, gloves, and a hat to maintain body heat. Reflective materials or bright colors are advisable for increased visibility during poor weather conditions.

Weather Trivia

Sault Ste. Marie is no stranger to dramatic weather shifts, particularly in spring when conditions can rapidly change from calm to stormy. This upcoming storm is a reminder of the city’s unique position, prone to significant weather events due to its location between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

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