Weather – Northwestern Ontario in Grip of Winter Alerts

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Winter has tightened its grip on Canada. Extreme Cold Warnings for Northern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan
Winter has tightened its grip on Canada. Extreme Cold Warnings for Northern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan
Winter has tightened its grip on Canada. Extreme Cold Warnings for Northern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan
Winter has tightened its grip on Canada. Extreme Cold Warnings for Northern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – The snowfall in Thunder Bay continues. So too does the Snowfall Warning. Across Thunder Bay the snow has resulted in road conditions being slippery.

Northwood Councillor Shelby Ch’ng states, “The first winter storm of 2015 has resulted in our priority routes, roads and sidewalks receiving a second plow due to the volume of snow. Residential plowing will begin again at 9 am tomorrow morning.”

Snow continues in association with a low pressure system tracking over the northern Plains States. Snowfall amounts near 15 cm are expected. However, amounts in excess of 20 cm are likely for areas near the Minnesota border and near Lake Superior. The snow will taper off from west to east today.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to www.getprepared.gc.ca

Wasaya Airways has issued a Travel Advisory – 03 JAN 2015 – “We would like to advise all our guests travelling with us today of possible delays, misconnects, and cancellations due to poor weather forecasted for Northwestern Ontario. Moderate snow is localized in the Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay region creating difficulty to de-ice and depart safely. If you have any questions regarding your travel today, please direct them to your Northern community agent or please contact our Reservations department at 1-877-492-7292. ”

Weather Alerts across Much of Western Canada
Weather Alerts across Much of Western Canada

Across Northwestern and Northern Ontario the region is weather alert central.

Southern Ontario is little better. There is a freezing rain warning for the Toronto area. The Ontario Provincial Police reported, at 15:55EST, “Over 300 collisions on OPP GTA Hwys so far today. As the snow changes to freezing rain, be even more aware of the road conditions.”

Ontario Roads Update

Location Warning Watch Statement
Atikokan – Upsala – Quetico
Attawapiskat
Big Trout Lake – Sachigo Lake
City of Thunder Bay
Dryden – Ignace
Fort Frances – Rainy Lake
Fort Hope – Webequie
Fort Severn
Geraldton – Manitouwadge – Hornepayne
Kenora – Nestor Falls
Lake Nipigon – Wabakimi
Nipigon – Marathon – Superior North
North Bay – West Nipissing
Peawanuck
Pickle Lake – Wunnummin Lake
Red Lake – Ear Falls
Sandy Lake – Pikangikum
Sioux Lookout – Savant Lake
Superior West

 

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