Moisture laden fall storm with rain and gusty winds on tap

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Most of Ontario will feel the brunt of a strengthening Fall storm that’s expected Wednesday into Thursday with plenty of rain and strong winds.

Environment Canada has issued a special statement for areas east of Sault Ste. Marie where the strongest of the storm will be felt in the area. Southern Ontario is under a storm warning where winds could reach 90 km/h with heavy rain.

Meanwhile, Sault Ste. Marie will receive its fair share of precipitation along with sustained winds and strong gusts for most of Wednesday. 10 – 15 mm of rain is forecast for Sault Ste. Marie while areas east of the city could see much more.

Special weather statement in effect for:

Blind River – Thessalon
Espanola – Killarney
Manitoulin Island

A low pressure area over Louisiana containing moisture from the remnants of hurricane Patricia is starting to move northward towards the Great Lakes. This low is expected to intensify into a fairly strong fall storm as it reaches the Great Lakes, bringing a significant rainfall along with strong and gusty winds beginning Wednesday.

Rainfall associated with this storm is forecast to spread into the regions on Wednesday morning. The rainfall may be heavy at times, and a clap or two of thunder accompanying the heavy downpours is quite possible. Latest indications suggest total rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm are likely for most locales by the time the rain tapers to showers on Thursday.

Additionally, strong and gusty southwesterly winds are forecast to develop by Thursday morning and persist through much of the day. Wind gusts to about 60 or 70 km/h are likely.

The precipitation and strong winds will come to an end by Friday as the fall storm moves to Northern Quebec.