Blizzard hits Midwest, heads for N Ontario


Minnesota highway conditions at 9:08am CST

“DO NOT TRAVEL AT THIS TIME! Drifts as high as 6 feet. Cars are getting stuck, State Patrol, even our snow plows. Many roads are down to 1 lane. Tow companies are not able to make it to stranded motorists. Stranded cars are hindering our clearing efforts. #MnDOT #Blizzard #mnwx-Minnesota Department of Transportation

Red: Impassable Purple: Travel Not Advised Pink: Completely Snow/Ice Covered Blue: Partially Snow/Ice Covered

“Taking a regional view of road conditions, blizzard conditions are resulting in hazardous travel throughout the Upper Midwest this morning.” -NWS Twin Cities, MN


Red: Impassable

Purple: Travel Not Advised

Pink: Completely Snow/Ice Covered

Blue: Partially Snow/Ice Covered

Surface analysis at 12z Sunday morning by WPC, NHC, OPC

Surface analysis depicts a strong 982mb Low over Lake Michigan, with a large cold front extending to the Gulf of Mexico. This Low’s next stop will be northern Ontario:

Warnings

5:32 AM EST Sunday 24 February 2019 Blizzard warning in effect for:

  • Fraserdale - Pledger LakeKapuskasing - Hearst - Smooth Rock Falls

Blizzard conditions with near zero visibility in snow and blowing snow this afternoon and evening. Snow will be heavy at times today through late tonight with total snowfall amounts of 15 to 30 cm likely. Meanwhile, northerly wind gusts of 60 to 80 km/h are expected this afternoon through early Monday morning. The combination of falling snow and strong, gusty winds will result in blizzard conditions with widespread near zero visibility this afternoon and evening. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility. Limit outdoor activities. Blizzard warnings are issued when widespread reduced visibilities of 400 metres or less are expected for at least 4 hours.


Warnings

5:31 AM EST Sunday 24 February 2019 Winter storm warning in effect for:

  • City of Thunder Bay

Winter storm with 15 to 20 cm of snow today and blowing snow this afternoon and evening. Snow will be heavy at times this morning through evening with total snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm by tonight. In addition, northwesterly wind gusts of 60 to 80 km/h are expected this morning through tonight resulting in very poor visibility in blowing snow. Conditions will improve Monday morning as winds diminish. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.