Winter storm warning issued; snow, ice pellets, freezing rain on the way

Winter storm warning issued; snow, ice pellets, freezing rain on the way

Winter storm warning issued; snow, ice pellets, freezing rain on the way

According to, 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.

The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a WINTER STORM WATCH, which will be in effect from 4PM Saturday until 12AM Monday, for the counties of Door, Oconto, and Marinette. The most significant ice accumulations are expected Friday night into Saturday morning.

The storm also includes strong northeasterly winds which could produce blowing snow and low visibilities. Some accumulation is likely, but it's impossible to narrow that down at this time due to aforementioned uncertainty.

Ahead of the snow, strong thunderstorms are possible over northeast Nebraska on Thursday night and in far Southeast Nebraska on Friday.

As of Saturday afternoon, Freezing Rain Warnings from Environment Canada remain in effect for most parts of western Ontario, and the Toronto and Hamilton areas. Somewhat milder air will turn the ice to rain, and most of the GTA, including areas like Markham, Pickering, Mississauga, will see rain on Sunday evening.

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Warnings may be issued later today as the event nears.

Between 8 to 15 inches are likely, with totals possibly reaching 18 inches in some areas, the weather service said.

WHAT.Heavy mixed precipitation possible.

Sunday morning another round of ice pellets will move into the region quickly changing over to freezing rain later in the morning. Ottawa may get a bout of freezing rain on Sunday night before this changes into rain on Monday. Windy, with an east northeast wind 28 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 38 miles per hour.

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