Winter Storm Alert issued for Oakville for Monday, March 13, 2017

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Winter Storm Alert issued for Oakville for Monday, March 13, 2017

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Oakville might be hit by the worst winter storm for 2017 according to Environment Canada and the Weather Channel. As early as Monday morning at 8:00 AM there is a 40% chance of snow. This expected to increase during the day to 70%. Anticipated snow accumulation is 1 cm per hour. On Tuesday the likelihood of snow increases to 80% and will not let up until Tuesday Evening. We’ll hopefully see sunshine on Wednesday, but temperatures will be very frosty, dropping to as low as minus 11.

So you’ll have time to pop by the store should you need to stock up on a few groceries on Monday, but you’ll want to be snuggled up at home by mid-morning. If you don’t need to travel, I’m sure that the OPP and Halton Region Police would appreciate that you stay at home. If you can telecommute, it would be a good idea.

You can also pull out the sleds,toboggans, snow shoes, and cross country skis. It will be lots of fun to be outside and enjoy. It also might be a great opportunity to build that snow sculpture.

Enjoy it, because spring will soon be here. But remember to keep your children and pets away from creeks and water ways. Also you’ll want to check up on your elderly neighbours to make sure that everyone is doing well.

Here is the Winter Storm Warning issued by Environment Canada for Oakville at 6:47 AM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017:

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

Winter storm continues today into tonight.

A weather system tracking south of the Great Lakes has brought a significant snowfall areas near the west end of Lake Ontario. Strong and gusty northeasterly winds are picking up extra moisture from Lake Ontario, resulting in snow heavy at times for many areas today into tonight.

A further 5 to 10 cm of new snow are expected today, with perhaps 2 to 4 more centimetres tonight across the region.

Reports of 20 to 30 cm of snow in the Hamilton area have already been received by Environment Canada as of early this morning.

Strong and gusty northeasterly winds will whip up the freshly fallen snow resulting in widespread very low to at times nil visibility in blowing snow.

Dangerous winter driving conditions are expected to continue today and tonight. Travel is not recommended.

The snow will end by Wednesday morning winter storm moves away to the northeast.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.


Here is the Winter Storm Warning issued by Environment Canada for Oakville at 11:28 AM on Monday, March 13, 2017:

Heavy snowfall with blowing snow is expected.

Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected by Tuesday night.

Snow is developing over the regions late this morning and is expected to continue into Tuesday night. Snow will remain fairly light through the day but some areas may receive 5 cm by this evening. The heaviest snow is expected to fall through the overnight hours into Tuesday morning. While total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected, some areas in the Hamilton to Niagara corridor could see locally higher amounts of 30 cm.

Northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h tp 70 km/h are also expected this evening into Tuesday resulting in widespread blowing snow. Travel conditions will become hazardous as a result of snow and blowing snow.

Snow will taper to scattered flurries Tuesday night as the low pressure system moves east.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.

Here is the Winter Storm Warning issued by Environment Canada for Oakville at 5:30 AM on Monday, March 13, 2017:

Heavy snowfall with blowing snow is expected.

Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected by Tuesday night.

Snow will develop during the day today and continue into Tuesday night. Snow will remain fairly light through the day but some areas may receive 5 cm by this evening. The heaviest snow is expected to fall through the overnight hours into Tuesday morning. While total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected, some areas in the Hamilton to Niagara corridor could see locally higher amounts of 30 cm.

Northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h are also expected this evening into Tuesday resulting in widespread blowing snow. Travel conditions may become hazardous as a result of snow and blowing snow.

Snow will taper to scattered flurries Tuesday night as the low pressure system moves east.

Here is the Special Weather Statement that was issued by Environment Canada for Oakville at 9:54 PM on Sunday, March 12, 2017:

A significant winter storm may impact the area late Monday and Tuesday.

A developing low pressure system currently over Colorado will track south of the Great Lakes on Monday night and merge with an intense East Coast low.

Snow is forecast to begin during the day Monday, and continue into early Wednesday. Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are possible with enhanced amounts closer to 30 cm possible in the Hamilton to Niagara Corridor. Winds will also strengthen as the low approaches resulting in poor visibilities. Travel conditions may become hazardous with localized blowing snow.

There remains considerable uncertainty in the exact track and strength of this low pressure system. Winter storm warnings may be issued as the storm track and amounts become more certain.

Here is the Special Weather Statement has been issued by Environment Canada for Oakville at 3:44 PM on Sunday, March 12, 2017:

A winter storm has the potential to threaten portions of the Golden Horseshoe early this week.

A developing low currently over the Northwestern United States will track south of the Great Lakes on Monday night and merge with an intense East Coast low.

Snow is forecast to begin during the day Monday, and continue into early Wednesday. Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are possible with enhanced amounts closer to 30 cm possible in the Hamilton to Niagara Corridor. Winds may also strengthen as the low approaches resulting in poor visibilities. The travel condition may become hazardous with localized blowing snow.

Winter storm watches and warnings may be issued as the storm track and amounts become more certain.

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Readers Comments (2)

  1. Tony Alderton says:

    Can I assume the headline should read 2017?

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    • Nolan Machan says:

      Yes, you would be correct – thanks for telling me – we are all running around with colds – I could tell something was off – but I just couldn’t see it.

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