Get the shovels ready – we’re in for a major amount of snow by Thursday morning. Environment Canada has upgraded the snow squall watch to a warning – in effect until Thursday.
Persistent snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.
The snow squalls should develop in the Sault Ste. Marie area a little later this morning and continue intermittently into Thursday.
Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably, changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/
Snow Squall Warnings are issued when bands of snow form that produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.