Winter Storm Watch Now In Effect

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Winter storm watch in effect for:

Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay

This could end up being a pretty nasty storm coupled with gale force winds, freezing rain, snow and or rain.

At the moment there’s still a question about what type of precipitation and how much will hit the Sault Ste. Marie area, but according to Environment Canada’s latest forecast it’s going to messy regardless.

Here’s the latest information from Environment Canada who eneded the weather statement and now upgraded to a Winter Storm Watch

Winter storm with snow and freezing rain Saturday night followed by snow and blowing snow with damaging winds Sunday.

Precipitation associated with a winter storm will begin as snow Saturday but may change over to ice pellets and freezing rain before changing back to snow Sunday morning. Rain may also make a brief appearance in some areas Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Total snow and ice pellet accumulations from this storm will vary widely from 5 to 15 cm.

In addition, winds will gradually strengthen Sunday with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h Sunday. The strong winds will persist through Sunday night and gradually weaken on Monday. They will also whip up freshly fallen snow, resulting in very low to zero visibility in blowing snow.

Accumulating snow and ice pellets and nil visibility in snow and blowing snow will make travel hazardous.

There is still some uncertainty regarding the track of this developing winter storm originating in Texas. Environment Canada meteorologists will continue to monitor this developing situation closely.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Winter storm watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

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