Serious Squalls North of City

Picture from Facebook of recent conditions near Batchawana Bay, February 6, 2021.

Don’t let the sunny skies fool you, if you want to go north locals are saying don’t bother.

In a Facebook post from The Voyagers’ Lodge and Cookhouse, they are advising the situation on Highway 17 North is brutal.

“Snow Squalls big time north of the Soo. Near zero visibility here in Batchawana Bay on Hwy 17 N. Stay off the highway north today. No ice for skating anyway. Be safe.” says the post seen hundreds of times this morning.

A quick look at the weather radar shows multiple bands of lake effect snow-squalls over the area not far north of the city.

Environment Canada has an active snow squall watch out for the region.

“Snow squalls may affect the region today.

Snow squalls are currently to the north of the area, however as winds become more northwesterly this morning, they may shift southward into the region.

Local snowfall accumulations of 10 cm along with blowing snow are possible with these snow squalls.

The risk of snow squalls will end late this afternoon as the winds become more westerly late this afternoon.


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.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ONStorm.”

Stay with Saultonline for more on this developing situation.