Storm Hits – Highway Closures & Updates (7:17 a.m.)

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7:01 AM EST Friday 13 January 2017
Snow squall warning in effect for:

  • Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island

Snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

Snow squalls off of Lake Superior will blast across the region this morning, with snowfall amounts near 15 cm expected from the heaviest snow squalls. Strong and gusty winds will whip up the freshly fallen snow resulting in sudden zero visibility in blowing snow in many areas.

15 centimetres of snow has been reported at Sault Ste. Marie airport as of 6.00 AM.

Dangerous winter driving conditions are expected. Highway 17 remains closed from Batchawana northward according to MTO reports.

The snow squalls will move to the south of the region after 9 AM.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. Road closures are possible.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.cpio-tempetes-ospc-storms.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

7:01 AM EST Friday 13 January 2017
Snow squall warning ended for:

  • Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay

5:00 a.m. Highway 17 (Wawa to Batchawana) was opened.

3:00 a.m. Environment Canada ended the Snow Squall Warning for Agawa – Lake Superior Park.

12:08 – SE OPP opened Hwy 101 (Wawa to Chapleau).

 

10:30 – MyWawa drove through the intersection of Hwy101 and Hwy17 and the barricade had been removed.

 

10:14 – OPP tweet that Hwy17 is open from Terrace Bay to White River. Highway remains closed from White River to Batchawana Bay.

 

At 10:10 SE OPP closed Highway 101 between Wawa and Chapleau for the safety of the public due to deteriorating weather conditions.

 

9:35 p.m. Hwy 17 has now been opened to White River. It remains closed between White River and Wawa for the time being. (OPP Media Release)

 

9:43 PM EST Thursday 12 January 2017
Snow squall warning in effect for:

  • Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
  • Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay

Snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

Snow squalls off of Lake Superior will blast across the region tonight into early Friday morning, with snowfall amounts up to 15 cm expected from the heaviest snow squalls. Strong and gusty winds will whip up the freshly fallen snow resulting in sudden zero visibility in blowing snow in many areas.

Dangerous winter driving conditions are expected. Highway 17 is closed from Batchawana northward according to MTO reports.

The snow squalls will move to the south of Batchawana after 6 AM Friday and to the south of Sault Ste. Marie after 9 AM Friday.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. Road closures are possible.

Snow squall warnings are issued when bands of snow form that produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.cpio-tempetes-ospc-storms.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

 

9:29 PM EST Thursday 12 January 2017
Snow squall warning in effect for:

  • Agawa – Lake Superior Park

Snow squalls are expected. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

Snow squalls off of Lake Superior will blast across the region tonight, with snowfall amounts up to 15 cm expected from the heaviest snow squalls. Strong and gusty winds will whip up the freshly fallen snow resulting in sudden zero visibility in blowing snow in many areas.

Dangerous winter driving conditions are expected. Highway 17 is closed according to MTO reports.

The snow squalls will move to the south of the region after 4.00 AM tonight.

Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Road closures are possible.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.cpio-tempetes-ospc-storms.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

 

9:15 p.m. – Hwy 17 is now re-opened from Terrace Bay to Marathon, as well as local traffic to Manitouwadge. Hwy 17 from Marathon to Wawa continues to be closed.

 

8:42 p.m. – Hwy 17 is now re-opened from Terrace Bay to Marathon, as well as local traffic to Manitouwadge. Hwy 17 from Marathon to Wawa continues to be closed.

 

 

At 7:37 p.m. SE OPP advised that Highway 17 was closed from Batchawana Bay to Terrace Bay. Whiteout conditions are horrible, causing periods of zero visibility, not only on the highway but within the town limits.

MyWawa would advise that you not plan on travelling tonight unless absolutely necessary.
At 7 p.m. in Wawa, OPP closed Hwy 17 from Wawa to White River due to poor weather conditions and whiteouts. At this time there is no travel from Wawa to Terrace Bay.

 

At 6:53 p.m. Environment Canada issued a Weather Advisory for Marathon, Schreiber, Pukaskwa, White River and Wawa.

“WINTER WEATHER TRAVEL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THIS EVENING.
BRIEF BUT INTENSE SNOW SQUALLS ARE EXPECTED TO AFFECT ROAD
CONDITIONS. WINDS GUSTING TO 60 KM/H WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO NEAR ZERO IN BLOWING SNOW.  ROAD CLOSURES ARE POSSIBLE.”

 

6:14 p.m., only minutes later Hwy 17 was closed in both directions from Terrace Bay to Hwy 614 due to weather condition.

 

At 6 p.m. Thunder Bay OPP advised that Highway 17 is closed in both directions from Hwy 627 to Hwy 614 due to weather conditions. Re-opening time unknown. 

 

 

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