As first reported by Sault Online Wednesday, Sault Ste. Marie and area are in for some nasty weather within a short period of time. Expect to see a mixed bag of precipitation from freezing Rain to ice pellets and snow. Throw in some winds and cooler air and it spells snow storm.
Two systems, one an Alberta Clipper and the Other known as a Texas Low will merge over the Great Lakes later today – the fun really begins.
Some models are calling for up to 30cm of snow before it moves out to be replaced by much cooler air moving in for the weekend.
Environment Canada has issued the following warning for the Sault area through to Friday.
A period of freezing rain likely tonight.
Snow on the leading edge of a large precipitation shield associated with the winter storm will arrive this evening, then change over to ice pellets and freezing rain for a few hours before changing over to plain rain by morning as a warm front moves through.
Untreated surfaces may quickly become icy and slippery as the freezing rain moves in. Travellers should adjust their plans accordingly.
An Alberta clipper and Texas low are tracking towards the Great Lakes where they will merge and rapidly intensify into a major winter storm by this evening. The storm centre is expected to reach Lake Superior on Friday morning, then move into Northern Ontario towards the Kapuskasing area by Friday evening.
This winter storm will have significant impact across all of Northern Ontario over the next couple of days.
Travellers are urged to check highway conditions and for possible highway closures.