Right on time for Remembrance Day, a nasty blast of weather is headed towards our region.
Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson says a large system is moving this way. It will start as rain and freezing rain, turning to snow along the Hwy. 11 corridor between Hearst and Cochrane. But it will be a bit different further south, where the temperature in the Timmins area will be a degree or two higher.
“It’s going to start as freezing rain later in the afternoon on Thursday for the Timmins area and remain a mixture of freezing rain and snow through Thursday night and perhaps even the day on Friday,” Coulson reports.
“Concern may be more ice accretion from the prolonged period of freezing rain.”
Accretion is the accumulated thickness of ice on the ground. Coulson says it could be 5-10mm, which he calls “quite significant”.
“And they could also see perhaps 5-10 cm of a snow-ice pellet mixture by the time things start to wind down on Saturday.”
A strong northeast wind is also expected to affect visibility in addition to the slippery conditions on roads and sidewalks.