Major winter storm brings blowing snow, dangerous travel to northern Ontario
Friday, February 21, 2014, 9:02 AM -
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A Colorado Low and Alberta Clipper have joined forces to bring another powerful winter storm to much of northern Ontario.
"This is a complex system that has dumped everything but the kitchen sink in southern Ontario, and has resulted in a potent winter storm with heavy snow and winds in northern Ontario."
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Winter storm warnings were issued for some places early Friday, with upwards of 30 cm of snow possible by the time all is said and done.
"An area of Sault Ste. Marie east to North Bay will likely experience some form of mixed precipitation including the risk for freezing rain and even a period of rain," Vettese says. "The low remains somewhat stationary over far northern Ontario/James Bay area, so falling snow and strong winds are to remain in place for much of the region until Saturday night (especially far northern regions)."
"Dangerous winter driving conditions are expected," warns Environment Canada. "Visibility may be reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow, and will also be significantly reduced due to blowing snow in strong and gusty northerly winds."
Some road closures were reported early Friday along with several school bus cancellations across the region.
Wind warnings have also been issued with gusts up to 90 km/h expected Friday.
"Very strong southwesterly winds are expected to develop quite suddenly beginning later this morning in the wake of a sharp Arctic cold front that is blast east across the region," EC says. "These winds are strong enough to cause some tree damage, which may lead to some power outages."
Police are asking motorists to delay any travel plans until the system moves out and conditions improve.
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