Winter will hang on for a bit more yet. February has been our “winter” this year and it seems it will last right into the beginning of March. Cold air moving over the waters of Lake Superior could dump as much as 15 cm by Sunday evening warns Environment Canada.
Special weather statement in effect for:
Agawa – Lake Superior Park
Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
Strong arctic cold front on the way today.
A sharp arctic cold front will move into areas north of Superior to Kapuskasing this morning, then sweep southeast across remaining regions this afternoon. A line of heavy flurries may herald the arrival of the cold front, with a quick centimetre or two of snow quite possible as it moves through.
Strong and gusty northwest winds are expected to suddenly develop as the front goes through as well, causing occasional low visibility due to blowing snow in exposed areas, as well as plummeting temperatures.
As the front moves to the south of the regions and stalls over Lake Huron and Georgian Bay tonight, a disturbance tracking along its line will spread an area of snow into all but extreme northern regions Sunday. A significant snowfall is quite likely, with amounts of 10 to 15 cm expected in the hardest hit areas extending from Eastern Lake Superior across the Nickel Belt and Nipissing areas to the Quebec Border. Lesser snow amounts are expected in the Kapuskasing and Timmins areas which will just get grazed by the northern edge of the snow shield.
Motorists should be prepared for poor winter driving conditions from brief low visibility in bursts of heavy snow with the cold front today, and from accumulating snow on Sunday.