Arctic Chill Tackles Canada and Eastern United States

Arctic Cold and Winter Storms are hammering Ontario and the US Eastern Seaboard.
Arctic Cold and Winter Storms are hammering Ontario and the US Eastern Seaboard.

Arctic Cold and Winter Storms are hammering Ontario and the US Eastern Seaboard.
Arctic Cold and Winter Storms are hammering Ontario and the US Eastern Seaboard.

Wind Chill Warning in Effect Across Northern Ontario

THUNDER BAY – Is it the worst winter ever? Arctic chill has Northern Ontario firmly in its grasp. Environment Canada reports, “Cold Arctic air has settled over Far Northern Ontario. The combination of cold temperatures and moderate northwesterly winds has produced wind chill values between minus 45 and minus 50”.

The winter blasts are hitting Southern Ontario and the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. In New York and New Jersey there have been 1900 flights cancelled heading into a winter storm that is impacting that region.

The City of Toronto is under a wind chill warning. “An Arctic airmass has settled over Southern Ontario. The combination of cold temperatures and moderate northwesterly winds is expected to produce wind chill values of minus 30 or colder this morning. Areas east of a line from Port Carling through Haliburton and Kaladar to Brockville – Leeds and Grenville the wind chill values could reach minus 35 or colder,” reports Environment Canada.

The flight cancellations are likely to create echoing problems for travellers across the United States and into Europe.

Northern Ontario is in the grip of a polar vortex, with temperatures hitting -28c in Thunder Bay, and extremely cold wind chills for Fort Severn, Attawapiskat, and most of the north.

There are storm warnings in effect for much of eastern Canada – Blizzard Warnings are in effect for Newfoundland.

In Boston, New York, Toronto, and Montreal the storms are likely to cause large problems for air travellers.

At Thunder Bay International Airport, as of 07:30AM EST all flights are on time.

Flightaware.com is reporting 1900 flights have already been cancelled in the United States.
Flightaware.com is reporting 1900 flights have already been cancelled in the United States.

Air Canada is reporting potential delays and cancelations:

Airports:
Washington, R.Reagan National, Washington, DC (DCA)
Baltimore, International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Maryland (BWI)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL)
New York, LaGuardia, New York (LGA)
New York, Newark, New Jersey (EWR)
New York, John F Kennedy Int’l, New York (JFK)
Boston, Logan Int’l , Massachusetts (BOS)

Air Canada and Air Canada Express advise that flights to, from or connecting through the airport(s) listed may be delayed or cancelled due to the event described.