Weather Statement Update for Thunder Bay – December 12 2015

Weather system tracking north from Texas expected to impact Northern Ontario
Weather system tracking north from Texas expected to impact Northern Ontario

Weather system tracking north from Texas expected to impact Northern Ontario
Weather system tracking north from Texas expected to impact Northern Ontario

Weather Service Calling for Freezing Rain

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – There is snow on the ground for Thunder Bay this morning. as of 04:00AM there is a light dusting of about 2cm of the white stuff. Environment Canada has updated the weather statement issued on Friday.

Special Weather Statement for Northern Ontario
updated by Environment Canada at 10:25 p.M. EST Friday 11 December 2015.

Special Weather Statement for:
City of Thunder Bay
Superior West
Beardmore – Jellicoe – Macdiarmid
Geraldton – Manitouwadge – Hornepayne
Nipigon – Marathon – Superior North.

Potential for Significant Freezing Rain

There is potential for a significant freezing rain event across areas north and west of Lake Superior, including the Lakehead area at Thunder Bay early next week. A large low from Texas is expected to track northeast towards Lake Superior later this weekend into early next week. Latest indications suggest that the Thunder Bay to Marathon and Geraldton regions will remain in the cold air, to the north of the track of this low. As a result, after a few centimetres of snow falls Sunday into Sunday night, freezing rain may move in from the south as the low gets closer.

Freezing rain may last for quite a few hours into Monday before either ending or turning back to snow in the wake of the low. There is still uncertainty as to the exact track of the low, which would affect how much snow or freezing rain would fall at a particular locale.

Motorists should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly, as there is potential for untreated surfaces to become icy if the freezing rain develops.

Environment Canada is closely monitoring this situation. Freezing rain warnings may eventually be required as the event draws closer.