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No joke: Colorado low may bring 'significant snow' to Elliot Lake

Precipitation expected to begin as rain transitioning to snow Wednesday morning

Unfortunately, this does not appear to be an April Fool's joke.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement about an approaching storm system that could bring "significant snow" Tuesday night through Thursday to Elliot Lake and neighbouring communities, including the Sault and Sudbury.

"Power outages will be possible. Travel may become hazardous," the April 1 statement reads.

The bright side? Confidence in the forecast is low as there is a lot of uncertainty about the movement of the so-called Colorado low.

You can find all the details in the statement from the weather agency:

Special weather statement issued for:
   Searchmont - Montreal River Harbour - Batchawana Bay
   Sault Ste. Marie - St. Joseph Island
   Greater Sudbury and vicinity
   Elliot Lake - Ranger Lake
   Gogama - Foleyet
   Temiskaming Shores - Temagami
   North Bay - West Nipissing
   Manitoulin - Blind River - Killarney

Current details:
Early spring storm expected to bring strong winds, rain and the potential for significant snow Tuesday night through Thursday.

A Colorado low is expected to begin affecting the region Tuesday night. Precipitation is expected to begin as rain transitioning to snow Wednesday morning. Snow, which may be heavy at times, is expected to continue through Wednesday night easing through the day Thursday. Significant snowfall accumulations are possible by the time snow begins to ease on Thursday.

Strong easterly winds will develop Tuesday night with wind gusts up to 70 km/h, possibly up to 80 km/h for Manitoulin Island and areas along the shoreline. The winds will ease on Wednesday afternoon.

Power outages will be possible. Travel may become hazardous due to accumulating snow and reduced visibility.

Confidence is low as there remains a high degree of uncertainty with the low's track, which will have significant impacts on temperatures, snowfall amounts and when rain will transition to snow. Warnings will be issued as the event draws nearer.