A deepening low pressure system is expected to hit Ontario Tuesday night that could produce blizzard conditions in our region and heavy rain to the south. The exact track of the storm is still in question and where the low pressure system tracks will affect the type of weather from the storm.
If the storm tracks more west than forecast, Sault Ste. Marie could end up seeing more rain than snow, however if the storm tracks more east , winter conditions are expected with heavy snow and possible blizzard criteria Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the area.
Special weather statement in effect for:
Agawa – Lake Superior Park
Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
A winter storm is expected to develop over the United States central plains on Monday and track northeastward reaching the Great Lakes late Tuesday night. The storm is expected to bring periods of heavy snow and blowing snow across northeastern Ontario starting Tuesday night and into Wednesday.
At this time, estimated snow accumulations of 10 centimetres by the end of Wednesday are possible but may change if the track of this developing system shifts. Areas located east of Lake Superior to the Quebec border could see the snow mixed at times with ice pellets along with the risk of freezing rain.
Gusty winds is expected to accompany this approaching storm. Hence, there is the potential for significant reduction in visibility due to snow and blowing snow which may impact travel.