January 30, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day-Starter

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A major winter storm is expect to hit southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba early Monday lasting until Tueday

Weather Warnings and Advisories in effect - January 30 2018
Weather Warnings and Advisories in effect – January 30 2018

THUNDER BAY – DAY-STARTER – Good Morning Northwestern Ontario. The western region of Northwestern Ontario is expecting snow. An Alberta Clipper is bearing down on Sandy Lake – Pikangikum, and the Red Lake – Ear Falls area where Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings. There are Weather Advisories out for Kenora, Dryden, all the way to Nipigon and Marathon. As of 06:30 AM there are no advisories for Thunder Bay.

For Thunder Bay, there is snow expected later today. The current temperature is -28c at 07:00 AM. The weather service is predicting up to two centimetres of the white stuff. The snow is forecast to begin this afternoon. The high should be minus 7. Wind chill minus 31 this morning.

Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Pikangikum – Poplar Hill – MacDowell
  • Sandy Lake – Weagamow Lake – Deer Lake

Snowfall, with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected. 15 cm snowfall on the way today and tonight.

Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Dryden – Vermilion Bay
  • Ignace – English River
  • Fort Frances – Atikokan

Bus Transportation – For areas under a weather advisory, (Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout) and snowfall warning (Red Lake), we are closely monitoring the forecast.  At this point, the radar is not showing a storm system so it is difficult to determine how the storm will track and/or materialize to cause concern.

The Northwest Student Transport Consortium will be assessing the situation again this morning.  Judi Green says, “Please remember sometimes we will cancel buses in anticipation of an imminent storm and sometimes the forecast doesn’t warrant this.  We make the best decisions with the information available to us.   If families are not in agreement, the decision to use the service or not is a parental decision.”

What Do You Need to Know

Today in Thunder Bay Nishnawbe Aski Nation is holding their Winter Chief’s Assembly in the city. The AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day are this morning’s keynote speakers. For more information visit www.nan.on.ca.

FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION – Ontario and First Nations leadership marked a significant milestone today, with the opening of a new office in Fort William First Nation to support Indigenous youth in their community–the first provincial office to open on a First Nation. Read the story.

#metoo – Author, Political Strategist Warren Kinsella has been hinting that there is still more to come in the political world as the fallout from the resignation of Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown for sexual misconduct. Kinsella is posting on Twitter that there isn’t enough being done to protect a woman in Alberta who first brought to light allegations against Kent Hahr. There are reports that the woman has received death threats. In Ottawa on Monday, Thunder Bay-Superior North MP and Minister of Labour Patti Hajdu is bringing in new legislation to ensure women are protected against sexual harassment.

Thunder Bay: Share your thoughts with the Premier of Ontario! Join Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Wednesday, January 31 at the Italian Cultural Centre (132 Algoma St. S) at 6:00 p.m. for a Town Hall Meeting. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

RSVP (Which Does Not Assure a Seat) at Ontario.ca/Townhall.

Gas Up for Less

Fuel prices across the region range from $1.119 at Extra Foods in Dryden, $1.249 in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1.226 at the Mac’s on Dawson Road. Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices range from $1.087 at THP to $1.118 at K&A Variety. You can get the latest gas prices, including Grand Marias MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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