Ice Storm 2017 – Day Two Update Thunder Bay

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Thunder Bay Transit sign encased in ice.
Thunder Bay Transit sign encased in ice.

Thunder Bay Transit sign encased in ice.
Thunder Bay Transit sign encased in ice.

THUNDER BAY – Batten down the hatches! Thunder Bay is into Day Two of Ice Storm 2017.

“Our crews have been working very hard throughout the night to manage icy conditions on city roads and sidewalks,” said Norm Gale, City Manager. “We continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada, and are urging residents to take extra care if they must go out.”

All Lakehead Board of Education Schools are closed again today.

Lakehead University is closed today.

Confederation College is closed today. Confederation College Classes Cancelled Apr. 27 – Thunder Bay, Geraldton and Marathon.

Please be advised that due to continued winter storm conditions, Confederation College has cancelled all classes at the Thunder Bay campus. The building itself will be open for essential services only, i.e. cafeteria services for students in residence, security and facilities for safety reasons. All other services and individual offices at the College will be closed.

Students on placement should check with their employers to determine if their workplace is open. All other campuses remain open and operating at this time, but students and employees in the region should check with their local campus on status.

We appreciate that this is extremely troubling for students set to write final tests and exams, and we assure all students that we are working on the development of a plan for completion. Students will hear from their program faculty or administration with respect to the plan for their particular courses.

Thunder Bay District Social Services Offices are closed today.

Thunder Bay Transit is operating, but there are likely going to be delays.

City of Thunder Bay: Significant ice build-up overnight due to a long-lasting period of freezing rain has temporarily suspended many City services and closed City facilities.

Garbage Collection is on hold while staff re-evaluate weather conditions. Update to be provided shortly.
Road sanders have been out continuously throughout Wednesday evening and Thursday overnight, and will continue throughout the day. Road and sidewalk plowing operations began at 2 am for arterial and collector streets
Residents are urged to stay away from fallen power lines and ice-covered tree limbs that could break under the weight of ice. Heavy icy formations on trees have resulted in several trees coming down within the City. Parks & Open Spaces staff and contract crews are working hard to remove these hazards and make these sites safe.
The following City services and facilities are temporarily suspended/closed today:
• Garbage Collection is on hold while staff re-evaluate weather conditions. Update to be provided shortly.
• All City-operated Child Care Centres including Grace Remus Child Care Centre, Ogden Child Care Centre, Woodcrest Child Care Centre and Algoma Child Care Centre
The following City services and facilities will remain in service/open:
• Thunder Bay Transit fully operational, check Nextlift.ca for arrival times
• Recycling collection
• Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling Depot
• Solid Waste & Recycling Facility
• Canada Games Complex, Volunteer and Churchill Pools at 8 am
• City Hall and administration offices
• Sanding of main arterial roads, side streets and sidewalks
Residents whose garbage collection service was cancelled will receive revised schedules as soon as possible.

Fort William First Nation

Due to the on-going weather conditions paired with extremely unsafe road conditions, FWFN operations remain suspended for today April 27, 2017.

We ask members to assist in this matter by checking in on family members who may be compromised due to health and/or age, if assistance is needed please us let us know.

Emergency services from FWFN health and elders; OW; Housing; and PW have been initiated and placed on-call.

Freezing rain warning in effect for:

  • City of Thunder Bay

Significant ice build-up due to a long-lasting period of freezing rain is expected or occurring.

More freezing rain and ice pellets expected today.

The break from yesterday’s ice storm is about to come to an end.
Freezing rain and ice pellets from the next surge of moisture coming up from a low pressure area tracking towards Lake Superior will move in this morning. The freezing precipitation will continue into this afternoon before changing over to snow by evening.

Further ice accumulations of 5 to 10 mm are possible today.

Northerly winds gusting to 40 km/h will continue today. Hence ice laden tree limbs may come down on power lines, resulting in possible widespread and extended power outages across the region.

Snow will taper off to scattered flurries by Friday morning as the low pressure area moves away towards Hudson Bay.

Travel is not recommended. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and extremely hazardous. Beware of branches or electrical wires that could break under the weight of ice. Stay away from fallen power lines.