Major wind storm likely for Kingston and area this Sunday

Photo by Aaron Burden.

The coming weekend will have a blustery end here in Kingston if Environment Canada’s predictions are correct.

The national weather agency issued a special weather statement for Kingston and the area at 10:51 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The statement is in effect for the Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas. It advises that a major wind storm is likely for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, and through the night Sunday.

“Damaging winds with frequent gusts to 90 to 110 km/h are expected to develop Sunday afternoon after the passage of a sharp cold front. Areas near the Great Lakes are more likely to experience winds at the higher end of this range. The very strong winds will persist through Sunday night and gradually diminish on Monday,” the statement reads.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Power outages are also possible.”

Environment Canada also advises that flurries and blowing snow will develop Sunday afternoon, with snowfall amounts in the 2 to 5 cm range possible by Monday morning.

“Any fresh snow that falls will be whipped up by the very strong winds creating whiteout conditions in blowing snow at times,” says Environment Canada.

“Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero resulting in dangerous winter driving conditions.”

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