Cold Weather Blanketing Northern Ontario

Fort Severn Airport

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – Cold weather is seeping down from the north across Northwestern Ontario. There are extreme cold warnings in effect for the far north. However, through Tuesday the cold weather alerts are moving south. Pickle Lake and Webequie are now included in the alerts.

Enviroment Canada reports, “A bitterly cold Arctic air mass will move into the area beginning this evening. Temperatures will plummet to the mid minus thirties tonight. These temperatures combined with northwest winds near 30 km/h will produce dangerous wind chill values between minus 45 and minus 50.

Wind chill values will moderate somewhat during the day on Wednesday however this cold Arctic airmass will remain in place through the weekend and possibly into next week.

Today the cold spot in Ontario has been Fort Severn – Wahsaho Cree Nation. Fort Severn is the furthest north community in Ontario. Today winds will be northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. The high in Fort Severn will be a chilly minus 25. The windchill will be minus 43 in the afternoon. However tonight the real cold will hit.

The low will be minus 35. The wind chill will be minus 43 in the evening and minus 52 overnight.

For Thunder Bay this afternoon it will be cloudy. The weather service is calling for periods of snow beginning this afternoon with predicted amounts of about 2 cm.

In the city expect winds to be southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 before becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 later this afternoon. The high will be minus 4. Wind chill factors will be minus 17 in the afternoon.

Tonight Thunder Bay can expect periods of light snow ending this evening then clearing. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light after midnight. The low will fall to minus 24. The wind chill will drop from minus 17 in the evening to minus 33 overnight.

There is a risk of frostbite.

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Nakina – Aroland – Pagwa
  • Attawapiskat
  • Peawanuck
  • Pickle Lake
  • Kasabonika
  • Sachigo Lake
  • Webequie
  • Summer Beaver
  • Fraserdale – Pledger Lake
  • Fort Severn

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Extreme cold wind chill values near minus 40 are expected overnight into Wednesday morning.

A bitterly cold Arctic air mass will move into the area beginning overnight. This cold air mass combined with northwest winds near 20 km/h will produce wind chill values near -40.

Wind chill values will moderate during the day Wednesday.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.