Digging Out From Snowfall Underway

The job of clearing snow is underway
The job of clearing snow is underway

THUNDER BAY – The task of digging out from the snowfall is underway.

Thunder Bay road clearing crews are out making the drive as safe as possible.

Sidestreets are not cleared as the primary focus is on major roads and transit routes.

Update on Snow Clearing from COTB

Councillor Aldo Ruberto shares the message sent from City Administration to Councillors: “Road crews started plowing arterial and collector streets at 2 am this morning. Progress is slow due to the volume and weight of the snow plus the impact the snow is having on wires and trees in some areas. As of 8 am this morning we continued to clear arterial and collector roadways with the expectation of completion sometime this morning. Some streets have low wires due to the weight of the snow causing them to hang low over the roadway, this is impacting snow clearing operations.

“You may receive calls where section/blocks is not cleared but section/blocks on either side of this area is cleared, this is due to the low wires. Once the issue of low wires are addressed these section/blocks that area missed will be cleared.

“Local street plowing will commence this afternoon.

Sidewalk Plowing
“Sidewalk snow plowing started at 3 am this morning on the arterial collector streets sidewalks and the core area. Progress is very slow due to the quantity and weight of the snow. We expect to continue with clearing arterial and collector sidewalk all day and once these are cleared we will commence Local Street sidewalk snow clearing”

Snow Can Impact Hydro

The wet heavy snow is likely to impact power. Earlier this morning Synergy North Power Outage Map reported power was out in Northwood. Hydro One has been reporting outages along the Northshore near Nipigon.

If you are venturing out, make sure snow is cleared from your vehicle, not just the front windshield but the headlights and taillights too.

Environment Canada says the worst of it is behind us. The snowfall warning remains in effect but was last updated at 5:17 am EST.

Snowfall warning in effect for:

City of Thunder Bay
Snow at times heavy this morning.

Snow heavy at times continues this morning. Total snowfall amounts near 15 cm can be expected by the time the snow tapers off near noon.

This snowfall is due to a developing low-pressure system that will track south of the region.