Special Weather Statement from Environment Canada:
Damaging winds with gusts up to 90 to 110 km/h are expected to develop Sunday afternoon after the passage of a sharp cold front. Areas near Great Lakes are more likely to experience winds at the higher end of this range. The strong winds will persist through Sunday night and gradually weaken on Monday.
Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Power outages are also possible.
In addition, flurries and blowing snow will develop Sunday afternoon. Local snowfall amounts in the 2 to 5 cm range are possible by Monday morning. More importantly, any fresh snow that falls will be whipped up by the very strong winds creating whiteout conditions at times.
Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero making travel hazardous.
The NPCA has also reported that the water levels in Lake Erie are well above average for this time of year, although currently, they are below critical levels in our area. The NPCA is anticipating water levels to increase by 1.3m at Port Colborne and 1.9m at Fort Erie and the Upper Niagara River, above current water levels. During this event localized flooding of low-lying backshore areas is likely. Peak water levels are forecast to occur late afternoon and into the evening Sunday.
With an approximate 90% ice cover on Lake Erie, there is also an increased risk of ice shove and piling along the Lake Erie Shoreline. Residents living along Lake Erie are advised to closely monitor local conditions. The NPCA advises the public to stay away from the Lake Erie shoreline during this event as conditions could be hazardous.
The NPCA will continue to monitor these conditions and will issue further messages as required. Information on the Flood Status in the watershed and water levels within the Great Lakes and streams can be found on the NPCA’s website at:
To stay up to date on any WindPORTant and/or SnowPORTant Updates, visit http://portcolborne.ca/page/winter_control_activities