THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – The City of Thunder Bay is under a Winter Storm Warning. The storm, tracking toward Ontario still has meteorologists watching the weather system carefully. Environment Canada says that there is still some uncertainty regarding the track of this developing winter storm. Should the track of this storm shift, the corresponding axis of heavy snow could also shift considerably. Environment Canada meteorologists will continue to monitor this developing situation closely.
The forecast for Thunder Bay calls for snow beginning in the morning. There is a risk of freezing drizzle in the afternoon. Snowfall amounts are forecast for 5 cm. Winds will become east 20 km/h in the afternoon. Saturday’s high will be minus 2.
For Saturday night, the forecast is calling for a risk of freezing drizzle early in the evening with blowing snow overnight. Amounts will range from 5 to 10 cm. Winds will be east 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming north 30 gusting to 50 after midnight. The low is forecast to be minus 5. The wind chill near minus 13.
The winter storm has warnings issued for the areas along the north shore of Lake Superior. There are also Special Weather Statements in effect from this same winter storm system for southern Ontario. Toronto is under a winter storm system warning.
Travel by air and by highways are both likely to be impacted by this winter storm.
Winter storm watch in effect for:
- City of Thunder Bay
A significant winter storm with 10 to 20 cm of snow and blowing snow Sunday.
Snow, heavy at times, is expected to begin after midnight Saturday night and taper off late Sunday night. Total snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 cm are likely by Sunday night.
In addition, winds will gradually strengthen on Sunday with gusts of 60 to 80 km/h possible Sunday afternoon through Monday morning resulting in very poor visibility in blowing snow.
Travel will become hazardous due to rapidly accumulating snow and near zero visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow.