Environment Canada is tracking a snowstorm that is expected to hit the far north regions of northwestern Ontario.

The storm is expected to bring 10 to 20 cm of snow, strong wind gusts, and limited visibility for motorists.

Some areas are in a Snowfall Warning while others are in a Special Weather Statement. 

The affected communities are Sioux Lookout, Pickle Lake, Eastern Lac Seul, Savant Lake, Sturgeon Lake, Red Lake, Ear Falls, Sandy Lake, Pikangikum, and Wunnummin Lake.

Environment Canada Meteorologist, Gerald Chang said the low-pressure system is making its way east from the prairies into northwestern Ontario.

“It will continue basically throughout the day today (November 16, 2021) even into tonight, and we do see the snow tapering off as we head into Wednesday (November 17, 2021), patience is the key,” said Chang.

“This is a very big system and even behind the system, there will be flurries and gusty conditions as well. The big snows are happening through tonight until Wednesday, but as we head into late Wednesday into Thursday that’s when we are situated behind the system,” added Chang.

This winter weather travel advisory has been upgraded from a Special Weather Statement that was previously in effect.

Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.

For road conditions and other traveller information from the Ministry of Transportation, visit https://www.ontario.ca/511, https://www.twitter.com/511Ontario, or call 5-1-1.

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