April 13, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

Early morning on the downtown streets of the Fort William Business District.

THUNDER BAY – DAY STARTER – Good morning Northwestern Ontario. It is Friday, April 13, 2018. You are waking up to a morning temperature of -8c as of 07:30 am. Today’s high is forecast at +1c. Expect mainly sunny skies. The UV index will be 6 or high. Across Northwestern Ontario, the weather map shows no alerts. However for eastern and southern Ontario starting at Sault Ste. Marie, there are wide-spread alerts. Environment Canada has forecast a late winter storm starting on Sunday for the eastern side of Lake Superior.

Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Agawa – Lake Superior Park
  • Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
  • Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay

Potential winter storm expected Sunday into Monday. Snow at times heavy will spread into Northeastern Ontario Sunday morning. Significant snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are possible by Monday night. In addition, strong northeasterly winds will produce areas of blowing snow, leading to reduced visibilities.

Further south, into the Toronto region, and here is where this could impact travelers,

Special weather statement in effect for:

  • City of Toronto

Potential ice storm for parts of Southern Ontario Saturday into Sunday. Heavy rain potential later Sunday.

Rain ahead of a slow-moving system is expected to change to freezing rain early Saturday morning as colder air moves into the region. The freezing rain may persist for a few hours before changing to ice pellets. Several centimetres of ice pellets are likely during the day.

The latest analysis is suggesting that there will be a lull in the precipitation for much of Saturday night with maybe some patchy freezing drizzle. However, another surge of moisture will move back into the region late overnight or early Sunday morning. A prolonged period of freezing rain is possible Sunday before changing over to rain heavy at times later in the day.

There remains considerable uncertainty with regards to how long the freezing rain will last before changing over to rain on Sunday. However, the potential exists for some locales to see amounts in excess of 20 mm of freezing rain on Sunday.

Ice accumulations of this magnitude combined with gusty northeast winds to 60 km/h may result in widespread power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines.

What Do You Need To Know?

TORONTO – First Nations leaders, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada recognize that mental wellness is a priority shared among First Nations communities, families, and individuals that must be addressed by services that are designed and delivered by First Nations. “Our children and youth are currently in crisis. Read the Full Report – Watch the Video.

FORT FRANCES – Another drug bust in Fort Frances. The OPP report that on April 9, 2017, members of the Fort Frances Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), conducted a drug trafficking investigation in the Rainy River District. A vehicle stop was subsequently conducted in Watten Township of the Rainy River District at 11:46 PM… Full Story on Drug Bust.

Gas Up for Less

The price of a litre of gas is actually more expensive today in Dryden than Thunder Bay. Fuel prices across the region range from $1.349 in Dryden, to $1.24.4 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1346 at the Esso on Red River Road.  Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices are at $1.177 at THP. You can get the latest gas prices, including Cook County MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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