Alerts for: Yellowknife Region

Warnings

3:33 PM MST Saturday 28 February 2015
Blizzard warning in effect for:

  • Yellowknife Region

Blizzard conditions with gusty winds and persistent visibility near zero in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring.

A blizzard with severe wind gusts and frequent whiteout conditions is expected to develop tonight along the north coast and spread southward on Sunday.

The hardest-hit areas will be right along the mainland coastline, as Tuktoyaktuk and Paulatuk will see high winds, potentially gusting as high as 120 km/h. Winds will be strongest at Tuktoyaktuk from early Sunday morning until early afternoon. Winds will be strongest at Paulatuk from midday Sunday until mid-evening.

At Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok, strong southeast winds will generate blizzard conditions overnight. The winds will then diminish somewhat resulting in improved visibilities. However, conditions are expected to deteriorate again Sunday afternoon as strong northwest winds develop.

Although winds will be weaker inland, the blizzard will spread southward during the day on Sunday reaching Yellowknife by the evening.

Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to widespread poor visibility. If you do travel and become lost, remain where you are until the blizzard has passed. Protect yourself from wind, cold and disorientation by staying sheltered, indoors or with your vehicle. Ensure that shelter is provided for pets and outdoor animals.

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please continue to monitor your local media or Weatheradio for further updates. If you would like to report severe weather, you can call 1-800-239-0484 or send an email to storm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #NTStorm.

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