Sault Ste. Marie is currently on alert for a possible lake effect snow storm coming later tonight. There is the potential for 15-20 cm of snow to fall in the next 12 hrs.
Public Works and Engineering Services will have all available snow clearing equipment deployed.
Snow will be cleared first from the main and collector roadways. If the storm is as heavy as predicted, residential areas may not be addressed until weather conditions improve.
Service updates will be provided, if required.
Environment Canada has now included Sault Ste. Marie in the watch zone for heavy lake effect snow.
Snow squall watch in effect for:
Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Snow squalls are expected to develop. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.
Snow squalls over Lake Superior are expected to shift into the Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island region late Wednesday afternoon.
Snowfall amounts of 15 cm in 12 hours are possible.
The risk of snowsqualls will continue into Thursday.
Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
Snow squall watches are issued when conditions are favourable for the formation of bands of snow that could produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.