Week of snow expected for Windsor-Essex

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After spoiling Windsor-Essex with a couple weeks of unseasonably pleasant weather, Mother Nature is letting the region know that it’s still the middle of winter.

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Snowfall that began Sunday is expected to continue throughout the week, with a significant dumping to occur late Wednesday and into Thursday.

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According to a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada early Monday morning, Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent could see 10 to 15 centimetres of snowfall during the storm.

As always, the rapidly accumulating snow may bring reduced visibility and travel difficulties.

Environment Canada’s meteorologists predict that the effects of a low-pressure weather system originating from Texas — known as a “Texas low” — will be at their strongest on Wednesday, impacting most of the southern edge of Ontario, from Windsor to Ottawa.

Aside from the heavy snowfall mid-week, the forecast calls for Windsor-Essex to have wintry weather on other days, with chances of flurries ranging from 30 to 60 per cent, and the temperature staying below freezing.

Across the river, AccuWeather and the U.S. National Weather Service had similar prognostications for Detroit — especially for Wednesday.

“Accumulating snow and hazardous travel likely impacts,” advised the Detroit office of the NWS.

“Gusty northeast-north winds of 20-30 miles per hour (32-48 km/h) will further reduce visibilities and bring the potential of blowing and drifting snow.”

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