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Winter storm watch now a 'Warning'

Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm are expected before the snow tapers off Wednesday afternoon
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The winter storm will bring blizzard-like whiteouts. Courtesy OPP.

The winter storm that is bearing down on us has been upgraded from a "watch" to a "warning."

Environment Canada says the warning includes:

  • North Bay - West Nipissing,
  • Greater Sudbury and vicinity, 
  • Burk's Falls - Bayfield Inlet,
  • Huntsville - Baysville,
  • Parry Sound - Muskoka
  • Deep River - Whitney - Eastern Algonquin Park,
  • Témiscaming area, Que. 

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

On Tuesday, snow and local blowing snow beginning near noon. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind east 30 km/h gusting to 50. High minus 11. Wind chill minus 27 in the morning and minus 21 in the afternoon. Risk of frostbite.

But snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm and blowing snow Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday.

Snow at times heavy will begin Tuesday early afternoon. There is a temporary lull in snowfall in the evening. Snow will intensify again Tuesday overnight and persist into Wednesday. Based on the current guidance, the heaviest snow will fall from eastern portions of Manitoulin Island northeast to just south of North Bay.

Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm are expected before the snow tapers off Wednesday afternoon. 

Strong easterly winds gusting up to 70 km/h will cause reduced visibility in blowing snow.

This snow is associated with a Colorado low that will cross Southern Ontario Tuesday and Wednesday.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Meanwhile, YouTube weather sensation Frankie MacDonald has posted a video about the coming storm coming to North Bay.