Rain and freezing rain warnings for the area ContinuedWednesday, January 30, 2013 by: Kate AdamsAs of 11:29 AM EST Wednesday, Environment Canada continued a rain and freezing rain warning for North Bay - Powassan - Mattawa and West Nipissing - French River
30 to 50 mm of rain today.
As milder air associated with a strong Colorado low pays a visit, rain, at times heavy, will soak Northeastern Ontario today. A total rainfall of 30 to 50 mm is quite possible before a changeover to freezing rain later today.
Freezing rain developing today.
A deepening low from Colorado will reach Lake Huron today and intensify into a major winter storm.
Precipitation from this winter storm has moved into the district as expected with rain falling near the Great Lakes and freezing rain further north. However as the storm centre tracks northeast across the North Bay area into Western Quebec later today and tonight, cold air will get swept back into the regions from the north, causing the temperature to drop back below the zero degree mark. Rain will turn over to freezing rain later today as a result. Freezing rain may last a few hours followed by a transition to ice pellets then to snow as the cold air continues to get deeper. Snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm are quite likely by Thursday and it is quite possible a snowfall warning may also be eventually required.
Motorists and pedestrians should be prepared for untreated surfaces to become icy and treacherous. Travel plans should be adjusted accordingly.