February 3, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Daystarter

Starbucks baristas will handcraft Tiramisu and Carmel Flan Lattes.
Baristas will handcraft Tiramisu and Carmel Flan Lattes.
Starbucks baristas will handcraft Tiramisu and Carmel Flan Lattes.
Baristas will handcraft Tiramisu and Carmel Flan Lattes.

Hotspot in Ontario: -6.1 °C 21.0 °F Point Petre
Cold spot in Ontario: -40.3 °C -40.5 °F Armstrong
Hotspot in Canada: 11.4 °C 52.5 °F Lillooet, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -45.3 °C -49.5 °F Rabbit Kettle, NT

THUNDER BAY – DAYSTARTER – Welcome to the weekend. Extreme Cold across the region this morning. In Thunder Bay it is -30 °C at 07:00 am. However, with the wind it feels like -40 °C. Bundle up. So grab a coffee or tea and catch up on what is going on.

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for almost the entire north. Thunder Bay, Atikokan, Kenora, Dryden, Vermilion Bay, and Kenora are the only parts of Northwestern Ontario NOT under Extreme Cold Warnings.

Everywhere else it is bitterly cold. Environment Canada reports, that a period of very cold wind chills continues. The bitterly cold arctic air mass has locked in over Northern Ontario.

Extreme wind chill values between minus 45 and minus 50 are occurring this morning across much of the region. The coldest place in Ontario this morning is Armstrong where the mercury is peeking out from the bottom of the thermometer at -40.3 °C. It is -37 °C in Fort Severn with light snow.

Wind chill values will moderate slightly this afternoon but are expected to again reach minus 45 to minus 50 overnight tonight. These conditions will likely persist for some areas into early next week.

What Do You Need to Know

THUNDER BAY – HEALTH – Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre currently has five units in outbreak. Our priority is the safety of patients and their families, staff, and visitors. To reduce the spread of infection, please respect visitor restrictions in place. Care Partners are always welcome. Patients may continue to have visitors however there are restrictions. Read More!

PEAWANUCK – Canadian Rangers have completed a successful search for a stranded snowmobiler whose machine broke down near the Hudson Bay coast during a severe cold weather alert. “It was pretty cold,” said Master Corporal Mike Koostachin of Peawanuck. ”When we found him I think it must have been 45 to 50 below. Read More!

THUNDER BAY – CRIME – Thunder Bay Police are asking for the public to assist in identifying two suspects in a robbery overnight. Officers were dispatched to the Mac’s Convenience Store located on Arthur Street at approximately 12:30 a.m. to take a report of a robbery that had just occurred. Read More!


The Lakehead Thunderwolves Men’s Hockey team proved strong on the road toppling the Windsor Lancers 4-1 in a solid game. (Read the full story)

Tough night for the Lakehead Thunderwolves Basketball teams.men’s mens and women’s basketball teams fell to the McMaster team. The teams hope to rebound at the Thunderdome tonight.

THUNDER  BAY – SPORTS – The Fort William Gardens will play host to the NHL Alumni for Family Day in Thunder Bay on Monday, February 19th, 2018!

Scotiabank proudly presents the 2018 NHL Alumni Benefit Tour featuring NHL legends from Stanley Cup winning teams, classic original 6 hockey teams and local former NHLers representing your hometown all in support of Special Olympics Ontario and the Law Enforcement Torch Run! The NHL Alumni Tour has proudly hosted hockey legends such as Walter Gretzky, Wendel Clark, Curtis Joseph, Tiger Williams, Theo Fleury and many more! Get Tickets and information!

What to Do This Weekend

Hop-a-thermia Set for Waterfront District Streets

Sleeping Giant Brewing Company are taking it to the streets, partnering with the Waterfront District to host the first ever Hop-a-thermia event. The event that will make you hop (and dance), will take over Red River Road and Court Street on Saturday, February 3rd, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  The two streets will be closed to traffic, featuring live DJs in the window display of the former Eaton’s building, which was an initiative launched by the Waterfront District and Sleeping Giant Brewing Company this past December.

Hop-a-thermia is expected to attract hundreds of community members in their snowsuits to come out and dance and check out local businesses in the area. It’s an all ages, family-friendly event and will also feature local entertainment including the Mew Crew and DJ Aticka. Sweet North Bakery will be a Warm Up Station for those looking to take a break from the cold, and there will also be two outdoor fires to warm up in front of.

Those attending Hop-a-thermia are encouraged to bring a canned good to Sweet North Bakery and organizers onsite will also be taking donations for the Dew Drop Inn.  Local businesses in the area are extending their hours of operation for the event, offering special Hop-a-thermia promotions and samples.

Gas Up for Less

Fuel prices across the region range from $1.18 across the board in Dryden, $1.249 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1.219 at the Real Canadian Superstore. Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices range from $1.099 at Bannons Gas Bar to $1.139 at First Class Gas. You can get the latest gas prices, including Grand Marias MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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