Snow storm watch, wind warning in effect for the Sault and environs: Environment Canada

Areas could see 15cm or more by Monday evening, winds up to 90km/h expected tonight through tomorrow morning

Shut the shutters and get your shovels ready, Saultites!

Environment Canada has issued both a snow storm and wind warning for the Sault and the area starting tonight.

Snowfall of 6cm or more is possible Monday evening, with winds up to 90kph expected early evening through tonight.

Both warnings are below:

Snow Storm Watch in effect for:

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

Snow showers threaten tonight until Monday

Lake Superior snow tires are expected to develop tonight at Lake Superior in a strong northwesterly flow of much colder air from the Arctic. Snow showers are expected to continue Monday before waning Monday night.

There is potential for local snowfall of 6 inches or more per 12 hours in the strongest snow showers, along with sudden near-zero visibility in heavy snow and drifting eruptions. Total snow accumulation can approach or exceed 25cm by the end of the event.

In the wake of the cold front, strong northwesterly winds are expected near Lake Superior tonight, reducing snow visibility at times.

Snow showers cause weather conditions to vary widely; changes from clear skies to heavy snowfall within just a few miles are common. Travel can be dangerous due to sudden changes in the weather. Visibility can be reduced significantly and suddenly to almost zero. Surfaces such as highways, roads, sidewalks and parking lots can become difficult to access due to the accumulation of snow. If you get stuck in a vehicle, don’t leave. The vehicle offers some form of protection against the cold. A single person walking through the snow is harder to find than a stranded car or truck.

Continue to follow Environment Canada’s warnings and forecasts. To report severe weather, email ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONstorm.

Wind warning in effect for:

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

Strong gusts of wind are expected that could cause damage.

A westerly or northwesterly wind is expected early in the evening with gusts of up to 90 km/h when passing a cold front.

Winds are expected to remain strong and gusty throughout the night and to ease slightly Monday morning.

Isolated power interruptions are possible.

Damage can occur to buildings, such as roof shingles and windows. Gusts of wind can damage soft shelters, tents and awnings at outdoor events. Loose objects can be thrown by the wind and cause injury or damage.

Continue to follow Environment Canada’s warnings and forecasts. To report severe weather, email ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONstorm.

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