January 31, 2018 Northwestern Ontario Day-Starter

Pearl Achneepineskum the sister of Chanie Wenjack addressing the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Winter Chiefs Assembly
Pearl Achneepineskum the sister of Chanie Wenjack addressing the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Winter Chiefs Assembly

Pearl Achneepineskum the sister of Chanie Wenjack addressing the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Winter Chiefs Assembly
Pearl Achneepineskum the sister of Chanie Wenjack addressing the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Winter Chiefs Assembly

THUNDER BAY – DayStarter – Snow! There is lots of snow out there across much of Northwestern Ontario to wind down January. The OPP advise that Highway 17, from Nipigon to Marathon is closed due to weather conditions. That update from the OPP is valid as of 05:49 AM. For road conditions across the region check #511.

In Thunder Bay, road crews and sidewalk crews are already out clearing the overnight snow. Thunder Bay received a good dump of snow overnight, road conditions mean driving defensively is the best policy. Drive to stay alive.

For Dryden and Vermilion Bay

Please be advised that school buses have been cancelled for Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 for the Dryden/Vermilion Bay area.  Due to heavy drifting and accumulation, ploughs will need time to clean up side roads where 95% of our students are picked up.

All other areas are also reporting some accumulation and snow drifts.  Buses will be running but expect possible delays.

Schools remain open.

Weatherwise, a snowfall warning for the region east and north of Lake Superior remains in effect.

Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Marathon – Schreiber
  • Nipigon – Rossport

Snowfall, with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected.

Significant snowfall continues this morning.

Snowfall associated with a strong Alberta Clipper continues to affect areas north of Lake Superior this morning.

What Do You Need to Know?

Today the Premier of Ontario will be in Thunder Bay for a number of events. This morning she is scheduled to address the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Winter Chiefs Assembly.

THUNDER BAY – CRIME – The Thunder Bay Police Service is looking for assistance to identify a male responsible for a robbery last evening. Officers attended the Mac’s Convenience store located on Beverly Street just after 10:00 p.m. to take a report from the 25-year-old male employee. Read the story.

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation Winter Chiefs Assembly got underway at the Victoria Inn. The Chiefs were addressed by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.

Ontario Regional Chief Day

Assembly of First Nations Chief Bellegarde

There was a highlight of the day as a renaming ceremony for Oshki Wenjack was held. There was also a ribbon cutting celebration for the new portable welding classroom for Oshki Wenjack. Read the story!

Gas Up for Less

Fuel prices across the region range from $1.119 at Extra Foods in Dryden, $1.249 in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1.226 at the Mac’s on Dawson Road. Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices range from $1.087 at THP to $1.118 at K&A Variety. You can get the latest gas prices, including Grand Marias MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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