The chances of a pending snow storm moving up from the central U.S. into the Great Lakes early Monday morning missing us, seems less and less by the hour. Environment Canada has now changed the winter storm watch to a warning criteria meaning there’s a very good chance Sault Ste. Marie will experience a major snow event starting Monday morning and right through the day.
Winter storm warning in effect for:
Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
A winter storm is expected Monday.
Snow at times heavy will develop early Monday morning and persist into the evening hours. Snow will taper to scattered rain showers or flurries Monday overnight.
Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm are likely by Monday evening. Strong southeast winds gusting to 70 km/h will also develop in the morning and combine with the freshly fallen snow to produce local blowing snow.
The worst conditions are most likely late Monday morning into the afternoon. Snowfall rates of several centimetres per hour are possible.
The snow and blowing snow is the result of a developing low pressure system that is expected to track over Northwestern Ontario.
Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.