Weather alerts due to snow storms continue for the third day in the northeast of the country
Lake effect snow weather advisories continue to be issued in northeastern Ontario for the third day in a row and some have been extended until Thursday.
Snowstorm warnings and winter weather travel advisories are in effect Wednesday for communities near the Great Lakes and Lake Nipissing.
Heavy, falling snow will create more hazardous travel conditions.
“Be prepared for rapidly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. If visibility decreases while driving, slow down, pay attention to the tail lights ahead and prepare to stop,” the weather advisory said.
North Sault Ste. Marie, Environment Canada said snow storms began returning early Wednesday morning and will continue until Thursday morning.
“Blizzards are expected to move into the area early this morning and will be mainly located between Batchawana Bay and Montreal River Harbor. Blizzards will drift south to Searchmont later this evening,” Wednesday’s blizzard warning read.
“Local snow accumulations range from 20 to 40 cm.”
Rapid deterioration of road conditions may lead to road closures.
“Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve,” Environment Canada said.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Environment Canada announced that a blizzard watch was in effect for Sault Ste. Marie Island and St. Joseph.
Snow storms are expected to begin late Wednesday afternoon and continue into Thursday morning, with local snowfall totals reaching nearly 15 centimetres.
“Snowstorms are expected to move south into the area late this afternoon and continue into Thursday morning,” the weather alert said.
Another blizzard warning is in effect for the island, with 20-30 cm of snow expected to fall by Thursday morning.
A blizzard warning is in effect and Environment Canada is forecasting an additional 10 to 15 cm of snow by late Wednesday afternoon.
“Snowstorms will continue to impact parts of the area this morning and will move southward out of the area late this afternoon,” the weather alert said Wednesday.
Communities east of Georgian Bay are also under weather warnings for a third day due to severe snow storms.
Snow storms are expected to move south and out of the area on Wednesday evening.
In the Bayfield Inlet and Dunchurch areas, 10 to 15 cm of snow is expected with snowfall possible at 2 to 4 cm/hour.
Total snowfall in the Parry Sound region and east of Huntsville south in the Parry Sound region of between 20 to 40 centimeters is expected by early Thursday morning, with snowfall rates likely to reach more than five centimeters per hour, Environment Canada said.
The system will not move out of the Parry Sound/Rosseau/Killbear Park area until Thursday morning as it continues to move south.
Heavier amounts of snow are expected in the Port Carling and Port Severn areas and east to Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, where between 25 and 50 cm of snow is expected by Thursday morning, as a winter weather travel warning is in effect.
Snow storms are expected to begin in these communities at noon after winds gust Wednesday morning.
In the Midland/Coldwater/Ure Lake areas, 15 to 20 centimeters of snow is expected to fall during the day Thursday, with snow beginning to fall later Wednesday afternoon as well.
French River – West Nipissing
A blizzard warning is in effect for areas west of Nipissing and the French River, which are expected to receive 10 to 15 centimeters of snow on Wednesday.
“Snowstorms will continue to impact parts of the area this morning and will move southward out of the area late this afternoon,” the weather alert said.
Winter weather travel advisories are also in effect for North Bay, Powassan and Mattawa on Wednesday due to lakeshore snow.
Snow will continue to fall throughout the morning and is expected to taper off late Wednesday afternoon as the weather system moves south.
More snow of five to 10 cm is expected on January 17.
Heavy and falling snow will affect visibility in this area.
Winter weather travel advisories ended Wednesday afternoon along the north shore of Lake Huron for the communities of Blind River and Thessalon on Highway 17 east of Sault Ste. Marie.
“An additional 5cm of localized snowfall is possible,” the weather warning said on Wednesday morning.
“The lake effect snow will diminish to flurries later this morning.”