THUNDER BAY – Cold enough for you? -36C and with the windchill factored in it feels like -42C. That is the temperature reported by Environment Canada in Thunder Bay this morning. However there is not a cold weather alert issued for Thunder Bay. Toronto on the other hand issued a warning last night as the mercury in the thermometer was headed down to minus 13C last night.
In Thunder Bay there are reported delays in School Bus Transportation for students. The Lakehead Board of Education reports, “Due to the cold weather some school bus routes may be delayed. Please check with your operator or check the website at www.ststb.ca in the ‘parental portal’ section for route delays.”
In Manitowadge, school buses are cancelled due to the cold weather.
In Martin Falls, school is closed today due to the cold weather.
Temperatures across the City of Thunder Bay range, from our Weather Map from -32c to -39c.
The official call might simply be that most of Northwestern Ontario night agree that yes, it is cold enough.
There are warnings issued for the Far North. Fort Severn is reporting, “Extreme wind chill values of minus 45 to minus 55 this morning. A bitterly cold Arctic airmass is well entrenched across Far Northern Ontario. Temperatures of minus 35 to minus 45 degrees combined with winds of 15 km/h will continue to result in extreme wind chill values of minus 45 to minus 55 this morning”.
Weather Warnings in effect across the North
Warnings are in effect for KI, Fort Hope and Webequie, Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Moosenee, Timmins and across the North. The winter roads into the north are getting the chance to firm up.
Across the north, wind chill values will improve and rise to above minus 45 beginning late this morning with daytime heating.
For Thunder Bay, temperatures are forecast to moderate to a high of minus twenty-one and there is a 70% chance of flurries for tonight.
While there is not a warning in effect for the entire region, following the advice for those outside today to bundle up is good advice. Environment Canada shares, “Extreme caution is advised if outdoors. Frostbite (damage, sometimes permanent, to skin and body tissue due to freezing) and hypothermia (a life threatening drop in body temperature) will occur if adequate precautions are not taken when outdoors. These can occur within minutes”.