WINTER STORM WARNING: North Bay – West Nipissing Issued at 3:46 PM EST THURSDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2009

HEAVY SNOW TONIGHT. SNOW TAPERING OFF FRIDAY WITH EXTENSIVE BLOWING SNOW AND VERY COLD TEMPERATURES GIVING NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. THIS IS A WARNING THAT DANGEROUS WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING IN THESE REGIONS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS..LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS.

AN INTENSE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM FROM KANSAS WILL PASS JUST SOUTH OF THE REGIONS EARLY FRIDAY BRINGING A MAJOR STORM WITH AND BLOWING SNOW TO THE REGIONS. SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER ALL REGIONS THIS EVENING. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF TO 20 TO 30 CENTIMETRES ARE EXPECTED OVER SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF NORTHERN ONTARIO INCLUDING THE NICKEL BELT. FURTHER NORTHWEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL TAPER OFF TO ABOUT 10 CENTIMETRES. STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS GUSTING TO 60 TO 70 KM/H WILL DEVELOP EARLY FRIDAY GIVING EXTENSIVE BLOWING SNOW. BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH THE SNOW AND THE WIND WILL PRODUCE NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AT TIMES. CONDITIONS WILL BEGIN TO IMPROVE NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR NEAR NOON FRIDAY WITH THE IMPROVEMENT SPREADING EASTWARD TO REACH AREAS NEAR THE QUEBEC BORDER IN THE EVENING.

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