Hydro lines hang over Disputed Road in LaSalle after damaging winds in May 2018.
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It’s about to get gusty around here.A special weather statement issued by Environment Canada Friday morning said areas around the Great Lakes — including Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent — should prepare for heavy, potentially damaging winds on Sunday afternoon.The passing of a sharp cold front is expected to bring wind gusts ranging from 90 km/h to 110 km/h.“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Power outages are also possible,” Environment Canada stated.Meteorologists predict the very strong winds will persist into Sunday night before gradually weakening on Monday.Flurries and blowing snow may complicate the situation, with precipitation to develop Sunday afternoon and continue through the night.Local snowfall amounts of two to five centimetres 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,” Environment Canada cautioned.“Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near-zero, making travel hazardous.”
Blowing snow obscures a cyclist in downtown Windsor in this February 2016 file photo.
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The Essex Region Conservation Authority issued their own advisory on Friday, saying that the wind may push ice onto the Lake Erie shore and Pelee Island over the weekend — an “unstable and dangerous” situation.The Lake Erie shoreline west of Point Pelee and the western shoreline of Pelee Island are particular areas of concern.People should take extra caution to avoid shoreline areas. “A combination of slippery banks, moving/melting ice, and cold water is particularly dangerous,” said Tim Byrne, ERCA’s director of watershed management services.ERCA’s information is that the winds will be predominantly out of the west-southwest and start Saturday night.That’s in addition to surface ponding in low-lying areas and drainage catch basins that could happen due to rain on Saturday. Total rainfall of 15 millimetres is possible with brief downpours.Windsor-Essex temperatures are forecast to remain above freezing throughout the weekend, before suddenly dropping on Sunday night to a low of -9 C.A cold snap is likely next week, with thermometers remaining below 0 C from Monday to Friday.Related email@example.com@postmedia.com