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UPDATE: Nasty Mix Of Rain And Snow On Its Way

Rain and snow are on the way and could be coming down heavy at times on Thursday.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex, warning that some areas within the region could get 20-30 mm of rain Thursday before the temperature drops and turns the precipitation into snow. At this point, Environment Canada’s predicting some areas could get more than 10 cm of snow.

“Slippery conditions,” says Environment Canada Meteorologist Geoff Coulson. “We’re likely going to see that snow continue Thursday night into Friday morning.”

Weather Specialist at Environment Canada, Mark Schuster says the rain could start before 6am, and the snow will start between 5pm and 6pm.

Forecasters say the rain could cause some localized flooding, especially in areas where the ground is still saturated with water.

“We’ve been liaising closely with the conservation authorities and the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources to keep them informed,” says Coulson. “It does look like [the] Windsor and Chatham-Kent areas are likely to get the most rainfall.”

The wind is also expected to pick up later in the day, which could cause some blowing snow and reduced visibility for drivers.

The storm is expected to clear up by Friday morning.

“There still could be some lingering shower or flurry activity hanging around, especially for the first part of the day. Maybe a few lingering flurries into Friday night” adds Coulson. “The worst of the accumulating rain and snow is going to be over with by midday Friday.”

As for next week, Coulson says the region can expect a return to the warmer air with temperatures back to above normal.

– With files from Adelle Loiselle