Winter Conditions Continue across Northern Ontario – April 22 2015

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If April showers bring May flowers what will April snow storms bring?
Snow knocks back spring in the far north
If April showers bring May flowers what will April snow storms bring?
Snow knocks back spring in the far north

THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – Thunder Bay is looking more like winter than it should on April 22nd. Several centimetres of snow have fallen overnight.

Across Northern Ontario, there is a winter storm warning in effect for the far north for the second day. Weather is likely to impact flight conditions.

 

Pickle Lake, is expecting  snow and blowing snow this morning with amounts of up to 10 cm. Winds from north gusting from 30 km/h to 50 km/h. Through Wednesday

Snow and blowing snow is expected to continue with amounts of 5 to 10 cm.

 

Winter storm warning in effect for:

  • Big Trout Lake – Kasabonika
  • Pickle Lake – Round Lake
  • Summer Beaver – Wunnummin Lake – Kingfisher Lake
  • Sachigo Lake
  • Peawanuck
  • Fort Severn
  • Webequie – Martin Falls / Ogoki Post

Environment Canada states that “Hazardous winter conditions are expected”.

On Monday, Wasaya Airways was delaying or cancelling flights into Northern communities impacted by the winter storm. Similar conditions on Wednesday are likely to impact flight plans north. Contact your air carrier.

A slow-moving low pressure system centred over Far-Northeastern Ontario is expected to stall and linger well into mid-week. The snow may ease off a little tonight in many areas but reintensify again Wednesday. The snow will be combined with appreciable cold gusty winds creating low visibilities in blowing snow in some areas.

Total snowfall amounts will likely have exceeded 25 cm in some areas today with additional amounts up to 15 to locally 20 cm tonight and Wednesday. As of 8 pm, Pickle Lake has reported 46 cm since Sunday evening. Storm totals may exceed 50 cm in some regions by the time it winds down Thursday.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.

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