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Snow squall alert issued for Elliot Lake and area

Periods of brief but intense snowfall are occurring
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File photo. Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday

Snow squall warning in effect for:

  • Elliot Lake - Ranger Lake
  • Chapleau - Missinaibi Lake
  • Gogama - Foleyet

Periods of brief but intense snowfall are occurring. Visibilities will be rapidly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow.

A snow squall is occurring along a sharp cold front.

This cold front is moving southeastward and is currently located from Ramore to Montreal River. It is expected to reach New Liskeard to Searchmont this evening.

Snowfall accumulations up to 5 centimetres are possible by the time the cold front passes.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Chapleau - Missinaibi Lake
  • Gogama - Foleyet

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Bitterly cold wind chills near minus 40 are expected overnight and Thursday morning.

Conditions will moderate somewhat during the day Thursday.

However, northern areas, including Kapuskasing - Hearst, and Fraserdale - Pledger Lake can expect wind chill values near minus 40 once again Thursday night into Friday morning.

Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle such as extra blankets and jumper cables.

If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside.

Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks to warm up.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Flash freeze warning in effect for:

  • Blind River - Thessalon

Temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly early this evening.

Slush and any water from melted snow on streets and sidewalks will freeze quickly as the temperature drops below zero.

A sharp cold front is moving southeastward over Northeastern Ontario cooling temperatures by 10 degrees Celsius within an hour in many areas.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ONStorm.