Freezing Rain Warning Continued

Freezing rain
Many sidewalks in the city are very slippery. They were not cleared well yesterday, leaving snow to turn to ice.

Freezing rain
Many sidewalks in the city are very slippery. They were not cleared well yesterday, leaving snow to turn to ice.

THUNDER BAY – Freezing rain overnight will continue through today. Environment Canada says, “Intermittent freezing rain continuing today into tonight”. A few periods of freezing rain are expected once again today into tonight to the north of a sharp front which remains stalled across Northern Ontario.

There will be some ice pellets over regions around Lake Nipigon.

Freezing Rain will impact travel

The freezing rain will change to a little rain for regions just north of Lake Superior later this morning as temperatures finally rise above zero. A little freezing rain should persist tonight for areas around Lake Nipigon.

A coating of a few millimetres of ice is possible in a few locales on untreated surfaces such as trees and power lines. Travel may be impacted through the period. Motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution as untreated surfaces may be icy and slippery.

Walking in the city this morning is likely to present challenges in many areas. Sidewalks that were not cleared of snow, or treated with sand or salt yesterday are quite slippery. If the sidewalks were properly cleared of snow, they are very walkable. This morning, in the downtown Fort William Business District, sidewalks on many of the streets are very slippery.

This morning, at 06:00EDT on May Street, a young woman was walking the streets, literally and figuratively, because the sidewalks were too dangerous.

Over at City Hall, the sidewalks are clear, and sanded. That is fortunate for transit riders. However talking with a member of the Elks who was waiting for a bus, he commented that he had to walk the streets as for the several blocks from City Hall the sidewalks are very slippery.

For tonight, A weak isolated non-severe thunderstorm is possible over Northern Ontario from Lake Superior northeast to Southern James Bay.

Freezing Rain Thunder Bay
Many surfaces have a coating of ice and are very slippery