April 11, 2024: Sault Ste. Marie Faces Heavy Rainfall Warning

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Rainfall Warning

Sault Ste. Marie – Weather – Brace for a significant weather event as a heavy rainfall warning takes effect, and the NetNewsLedger Weather Desk urging the community to prepare for substantial precipitation.

The weather forecast indicating an impending deluge, with the ground’s limited capacity to absorb rain is raising concerns over potential flooding.

Here is our current atmospheric conditions update and a detailed forecast, emphasizing safety measures and preparedness in the face of adverse weather.

Today’s Weather Overview

Current Conditions

The early hours at Sault Ste. Marie Airport reveal a mostly cloudy sky, setting the stage for the day’s weather narrative. With a temperature of 3.5°C at 6:00 AM EDT, the air is heavy with moisture, evidenced by a 91% humidity level.

The barometric pressure stands at 100.9 kPa, showing a downward trend that aligns with the incoming weather system.

A light breeze from the East-Northeast at 11 km/h adds a crispness to the morning, while visibility remains clear at 32 km, offering a brief respite before the storm.

Expected Conditions

Today, the weather takes a turn as the sun makes a fleeting appearance before giving way to clouds and ensuing rain, expected to bring 5 to 10 mm of precipitation.

The day’s high will reach 11°C, accompanied by a moderate UV index of 4. As the clouds gather, the wind shifts, coming from the North at 20 km/h this evening and intensifying to Northwest gusts of 40 km/h, gusting to 60 km/h by morning, with temperatures holding at a low of plus 4°C.

Tonight’s forecast anticipates rain, heavy at times, accumulating 20 to 30 mm. This intensification marks the beginning of a challenging period, with the heaviest rainfall expected overnight into Friday morning.

Tomorrow’s Forecast

Friday will continue the wet trend, adding another 10 to 15 mm of rain. The wind, now a formidable force from the Northwest, will howl at 50 km/h, gusting to 70 km/h, as temperatures hover near plus 3°C.

The evening might see the rain transitioning to showers or even flurries, with lows dipping to zero.

The weekend outlook offers a respite with sunny skies on Saturday and a high of 7°C, followed by a night of cloudy periods. Sunday welcomes a mix of sun and cloud, promising warmer temperatures of 14°C, though the night may bring a 30% chance of showers.

Weather Advisory

With total rainfall amounts expected between 30 to 60 mm, the community is on alert for localized flooding, particularly in low-lying areas. Residents are advised to stay updated through local Conservation Authorities or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for flooding advisories.

Safety Tips

  • Reduce speed and maintain a safe following distance in reduced visibility.
  • Avoid areas prone to flooding or washouts.
  • Ensure the safety of children and pets by keeping them away from water bodies.

Wardrobe Recommendations

With heavy rain and gusty winds on the forecast, waterproof and wind-resistant outerwear is essential. An umbrella, though useful, may be challenging to use in strong winds, so consider a raincoat with a hood for added protection.

Weather Trivia

Sault Ste. Marie’s geographic position between Lake Superior and Lake Huron makes it susceptible to diverse weather patterns, including significant rainfall events that test the city’s resilience and preparedness.

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