Winter Weather Impacts Northern Ontario

Most of the weather systems have moved off to the east.
Most of the weather systems have moved off to the east.

Most of the weather systems have moved off to the east.
Most of the weather systems have moved off to the east.

THUNDER BAY – Winter weather will impact much of Northern Ontario today and into Tuesday. Across the North, air travel will be impacted. Wasaya Airways reports, “We would like to advise all our passengers travelling today of possible delays, misconnects, and cancellations due to the poor visibility and low ceilings caused by snow, drizzle, and mist forecasted for Northwestern Ontario. If you have any questions regarding your travel today, please direct them to your Northern community agent or you can contact our Reservations department at 1-877-492-7292”.

For Flight Conditions visit: Air Travel

Currently at the Thunder Bay International Airport all flights are shown as on time. The weather is not expected to impact Air Canada, Westjet, or Porter Airlines

School Buses Not Running in Western Regions

Across the western region, road conditions have caused school buses to be been cancelled in Dryden, Vermilion Bay, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Ear Falls, Kenora and Sioux Narrows today. The Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium says road conditions are poor. 

Transportation Manager Judi Green reports, “While the snow may be tapering off in some areas, road conditions are poor and as of late this evening, very little clearing has occurred.  In addition, there is ice under the snow.

“Please be reminded that all schools will remain open and only the school buses have been cancelled in these areas”.

“Ignace, Pickle Lake and Upsala are still scheduled to operate in the morning however further assessment will be made in the morning.”

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Road travel will require some care. There are currently no closures in effect. However yesterday, the Trans-Canada was closed for eight hours between Vermillion Bay and Kenora. As well, the OPP closed Highway 502 when a semi-tractor trailer rig jackknifed on the road.

For the latest road conditions: Visit Winter Road Conditions

Far North under Winter Storm Warnings

Attawapiskat is under a winter storm warning. Heavy snow and blowing snow continuing today.

Heavy snow continues through today. Total snowfall amounts are projected to reach 20 to 25 cm before snow tapers off this evening. In addition to the heavy snow, 60 km/h winds will develop early this morning with gusts up to 80 km/h or above. These strong winds will cause near zero visibilities in blowing snow. These blizzard-like conditions will persist until this evening when the winds will begin to diminish.

Webiquie, Ogoki, Fort Hope, and Landsdowne House are under snowfall warnings.

It should be noted that rivers and lakes while there will be some ice formed it is not yet safe for travel.

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