Heavy snow squalls move in, Police warn of poor driving conditions

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If you’re looking out the window or driving on the roads, you might think it’s January and not the day before March. A pretty big system that moved into the Great Lakes yesterday is dropping a good amount of snow on the Sault along with gusty winds causing low visibility.

Environment Canada has now issued a snow squall warning for the area.

Snow squall warning in effect for:

Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Brief, intense snowfall is occurring. Visibilities will be rapidly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow.

A frontal snow squall band over Sault Ste Marie is moving rapidly eastward through the warned areas. The snow squall conditions are expected to last less than one hour at any particular location. Gusts to 80 kilometres per hour and zero visibility are expected.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero.

Snow squall warnings are issued when bands of snow form that produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to advise the public that road conditions are not good and are deteriorating. Visibility is reduced and roads are icy.

If you can avoid driving please do so. If you must driver slow down and adjust your driving to the road conditions.

In addition the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service had received information that the Ontario Provincial Police are closing Highway 17 East between the city limits and Thessalon.
The Ontario Provincial Police will advise the public when the highway is reopened.
Please do not call 911 for road conditions. Road conditions can obtained by calling 511.

Next week we warm up though and this will be a distant memory. Temperatures are expected to move into the “plus” category starting Sunday and lasting through the week. High temperatures for mid-week next week are closer to 8c, so expect to see a lot of melting going on. The warm temperatures by the way are also forecast to last through most of the next few weeks before we see a cooling trend.

As for snow, this will be the last of it – at least when it comes to accumulating snow. There will be the odd snow shower or flurry during the month of March , but for the most part we are seeing the last of the winter weather.

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