Well, that’s one humungous heavy cloud over most of the U.S. and part of Canada. Topeka’s supposed to get snow, Chicago’s having thundersnow, and it looks as if Pittsburgh will get ice. Our area (Toronto) has a snowstorm warning but the area from Windsor to London (Ont.) to Hamilton to St. Catharines has a blizzard warning, as do large swaths of the U.S.
This link has some tips for driving in the snow and a picture of one almighty big cloud.
Environment Canada is warning:
City of Toronto
10:07 PM EST Tuesday 01 February 2011
Winter storm warning for
City of Toronto continued
Major winter storm tonight into groundhog day.
The major storm which was born in Texas late Monday is tracking northeast across Indiana accompanied by a huge shield of wintery precipitation. Heavy snow has arrived in Southwestern Ontario this evening and will quickly spread northeast to the greater Toronto area shortly after after midnight and into Eastern Ontario by Wednesday morning. Widespread total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 centimetres are likely before the snow begins to lighten up early Wednesday morning in the southwest..Later in the morning for Toronto and late in the day for the east.
In addition brisk northeast winds of 30 to 50 km/h will accompany the snow..Creating frequent whiteout conditions.
Places such as Stratford..Kitchener..And Toronto will get near blizzard conditions overnight and Wednesday morning and it is quite possible that a blizzard warning may be issued for these regions.
The snow will likely mix with ice pellets and some freezing rain for awhile tonight for regions near Lake Erie. A few claps of thunder are also quite possible. This will be the first Major winter storm of the season for the Toronto area..And the strongest storm of the season for many regions outside the traditional snow belts. It will have a major impact on travel with considerable blowing and drifting snow and dangerously low to nil visibilities in whiteout conditions.
This is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.
Motorists should be prepared to change plans accordingly to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm as conditions will be dangerous. If driving is necessary..Make sure you have an emergency kit..And if your car gets stuck..Remain calm and remain in your car.
Environment Canada continues to monitor this dangerous winter storm and will issue further watches and warnings as necessary.