Snow and Cold Weather For Northern Ontario

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The Jet Stream has dipped lower and is bringing Arctic Cold into the province.
The Jet Stream has dipped lower and is bringing Arctic Cold into the province.

The Jet Stream has dipped lower and is bringing Arctic Cold into the province.
The Jet Stream has dipped lower and is bringing Arctic Cold into the province.

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – Thunder Bay goes into the snow zone today. Likely the snowfall amounts totalling 10-20 centimetres before it all finishes will make skiers and snowmobilers happy. For those driving or having to shovel their driveways, chances are today may be a little challenging.

There are no weather alerts or warnings in effect from Environment Canada for Thunder Bay, the total snowfall amounts in the forecast are not large enough.

Thunder Bay Forecast

Cloudy. Snow beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind becoming east 20 km/h late this morning. High minus 9.

Snow. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind east 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 12.

Snow ending in the morning then mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind becoming north 20 km/h early in the evening. High minus 11.

Extreme Cold Warnings for Far North

The Far North however is under Extreme Cold Warnings.

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Big Trout Lake – Kasabonika
  • Attawapiskat
  • Washaho Cree Nation – Fort Severn
  • Fort Hope
  • Webiquie
  • Peawanuck

Environment Canada reports, a period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Very cold termperatures will combine with light winds to produce extreme wind chill values near minus 45 this morning. Conditions will improve later this morning as temperatures rise.

While anyone who isn’t dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia:
– homeless people
– outdoor workers
– people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power)
– people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers
– winter sport enthusiasts
– people who consume excess alcohol
– infants and
– seniors.

Wear appropriate clothing
– Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk.
– Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.
– Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.
– If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you’re wet.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

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