Winter storm warning in effect for Saturday, Sunday

Winter Weather conditions cause several road closures

According to Weather.com, Winter Storm Xanto is expected to bring blizzard conditions to areas of the northern Plains before carrying heavy snow and freezing rain through the upper Midwest and northern New England areas through the weekend.

Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Southeastern areas including Sudbury and North Bay can also expect the snow to become mixed with ice pellets and possibly freezing rain on Sunday night.

A messy wallop of snow and ice and freezing rain will come a bit later than expected, but is due to reach Eastern Ontario Saturday evening. The cold air will move in from the northeast.

We may see some sleet and glaze ice accumulations.

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Environment Canada warns that Saturday night's storm will be followed by freezing rain on Sunday with "significant accumulations" possible. Winds will also turn very gusty with peak gusts to 55MPH later Friday night into Saturday.

Most of the area encompassing Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, southern and western NY, and Appalachia will see rain.

The National Weather Service says parts of Nebraska could get up to 14 inches of snow, with up to 10 inches in Iowa. This will cause blowing rain and snow to lower visibility to near zero at times.

Peak wind gusts thru 3 pm: 52 mph South Haven Beach, 48 mph Saugatuck Beach and Bradley, 44 mph Grand Rapids, 43 mph Muskegon, Holland (airport), Fremont and Whitehall, 35 mph Lansing, 32 mph Battle Creek and 31 mph Kalamazoo.

As temperatures fall during the afternoon, rain will change over to snow for Northwest Kansas and a few flurries could fall across the Southwest.

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