'Late winter storm' targets northern Ontario, up to 15 cm of snow possible through Friday
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:36 PM -
Say it ain't snow!
Just when Ontarians thought they had escaped winter's wrath, another system threatens to bring more snow and cold temperatures to the region.
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Much of western and central Canada will be impacted by a large storm system over the next couple of days, with significant snow expected in northeastern B.C. and widespread moderate to heavy rain throughout the Prairies.
"Northern and northwestern Ontario will also be impacted by the system on Thursday and Friday with the potential for significant snow accumulations near and north of Lake Superior," says Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham.
According to Gillham, rain and mixed precipitation will develop across northwestern Ontario Thursday, changing to snow Thursday night and into Friday.
Between 5-15 cm of snow is expected from Dryden to Hearst, including Thunder Bay, Nipigon, and Geraldton.
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"We will closely monitor parts of northern Ontario, including Thunder Bay as some of the models indicate the potential for heavier snow accumulation," Gillham adds.
While much of southern Ontario will escape this next blast of snow, below seasonal temperatures are forecast for the remainder of the week. Light rain will also develop in some places on Friday.
Recent heavy rain has kept flood prone communities on high alert and residents are being urged to keep their guards up.
Officials say it's important to consult local conservation authorities or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources district office for more information on spring flood conditions.
"My heart goes out to all of the communities and families affected by the recent flooding. I had an opportunity to tour some of those areas today, and I was so inspired by the generosity and resilience the people of Ontario have shown in this difficult circumstance," said Premier Kathleen Wynne in a statement released Tuesday. "We are doing everything we can to help everyone who has been affected to recover. Over the coming days and weeks, we will work with affected municipalities as quickly as possible to determine appropriate financial support."
Wynne expressed her gratitude towards all of the hard-working individuals including first responders and public servants who came together with neighbours, family and friends to save each other's homes over the Easter long weekend.