Environment Canada is predicting snow in excess of 15 centimetres as a low-pressure system tracks over Lake Superior this Saturday.
Rain will develop Thursday or Thursday night before changing to snow. “The heaviest snow is expected Friday and Friday night and will be accompanied by gusty winds resulting in blowing snow. Snow for many areas will continue into Saturday before ending late Saturday.” says Environment Canada.
The expected snowfall may create hazardous driving conditions and drivers may wish to consider the following tips to be prepared:
Carry an ice scraper and washer fluid effective to -40oC.
Keep your fuel tank at least half full.
Consider installing four winter tires. Your insurance company may offer a discount if you do.
Plan your trip, locate your stops and check the weather. Check road conditions and closures. Remember you are in charge, and sometimes delaying your trip is a good idea.
Make sure you have emergency supplies with you – a charged cell phone (consider a battery bank – kept warm, the cold will sap the charge), non-perishable food, water, flashlight, blanket, warm clothes/boots, jumper cables or a smart battery charger, shovel and traction mats or sand.
Drive safely, according to road conditions, allow extra space between you and other vehicles. Share the highway and be aware of slower traveling snowplows.
Remember if you come to a emergency closure sign/road closed sign do not just drive around it, the road has been closed for your safety.