Environment Canada has issued the first of what could be many warnings over the next 24 hours.
Freezing rain warning in effect for:
Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay
Freezing rain Saturday night then snow and blowing snow with damaging winds Sunday.
Precipitation associated with a winter storm will begin as snow Saturday then is forecast to change to freezing rain. A transition to rain is expected Sunday morning before a change back to snow later Sunday.
Total snow and ice pellet accumulations from this storm will vary widely from 5 to 15 cm.
In addition, northwesterly wind gusts of 90 to 110 km/h are expected Sunday afternoon through Monday morning resulting in very low to zero visibility in blowing snow.
Travel will become hazardous due to accumulating snow and ice pellets and then nil visibility in snow and blowing snow.
Environment Canada meteorologists continue to monitor this developing storm closely.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Utility outages may occur.