THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – The Winter storm is over, the Special Weather Statement is over. Snow is forecast to taper off this morning. Another two centimetres of snow is forecast. The task of digging out from the winter storm is underway.
After shutting down plowing operations at 6:00PM last night, City Road crews resumed work at 02:00AM this morning. Most major arteries have been cleared. In a media release from the COTB on Wednesday, Brian Kral the Acting Manager – Roads said, “By 2 pm, all graders and plowing equipment available were in operation as we had once chance to do what we could, focusing on main routes and sections of the North area with hills, I say one chance because all of our Operators have to be off the road by 6 pm, to get the mandatory eight hours of rest prior to the 2 am plow.”
That left many roads across the city in very difficult driving condition. Sidewalks left unplowed at the height of the storm made walking difficult.
The OPP report that all local and regional highways are open. Expect driving conditions to be less than optimum.
What is Open>
Lakehead University and Confederation College are both open as usual today.
Thunder Bay Transit is operating, but advises that some buses may be delayed at times.
Thunder Bay Hydro – Dealing with outages
Thunder Bay Hydro has been dealing with localized issues with power interruptions. The snow that fell is heavy and with the temperatures near the freezing mark during the storm, having snow on power lines is likely a problem.
Winds this afternoon could cause trees to fall or break off branches causing more power interruptions.