Snow squalls flare up after 9am


Just when you thought we were done with snow squalls, another snow squall warning has been issued for this morning in the city.  Environment Canada says the squalls will move southerly into the city after 9am and continue for most of the day.

5:46 AM EST Friday 13 January 2017
Snow squall warning in effect for:

Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
Snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

Snow squalls off of Lake Superior will blast across the region this morning, with snowfall amounts up to 15 cm expected from the heaviest snow squalls. Strong and gusty winds will whip up the freshly fallen snow resulting in sudden zero visibility in blowing snow in many areas.

Dangerous winter driving conditions are expected. Highway 17 was closed from Batchawana northward according to MTO reports, there’s a good chance the highway will be closed again this morning.

The snow squalls will move to the south of Batchawana Bay near 7 AM and then to the south of Sault Ste. Marie after 9 AM.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. Road closures are possible.

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