December 14, 2020 – Western and Northern Ontario Weather Update

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Winter Weather Update Splash

Thunder Bay – WEATHER – There are no weather alerts or warnings in effect for the region today. For December 14, 2020, this morning the cold spot in the province is –28.6°C or -19.5 °F up in Muskrat Dam.

Thunder Bay Weather

There is a strong wind from the north in the city this morning, along with a dusting of fresh snow. Today the weather service says we can expect a mix of sun and cloud. There is a 60 percent chance of flurries early this morning. Winds are northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. The temperature will to minus -16°C this afternoon. Wind chill near minus 22°C.

Tonight skies will clear, but will become partly cloudy this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature steady near -19°C. Wind chill near minus 26°C.

Hottest and coldest temperatures

In 1998 the high for December 14, was a warm 10.0°C while the coldest recorded temperature on this day was -31.7°C recorded in 1943.

Marten Falls / Ogoki Post

A mix of sun and cloud and cold temperatures will greet you this morning in Marten Falls. There is a 40 percent chance of flurries this morning. Winds are northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Today the high will be -22°C, but the wind chill will make it feel more like -37°C. There is a risk of frostbite for exposed skin.

Tonight partly cloudy skies are forecast. Winds west 30 km/h becoming light late this evening. The overnight low -27°C. However with the wind chill it will feel more like -38°C.

Dryden – Vermilion Bay

It is -19°C in Dryden this morning. The Weather Service is calling for periods of light snow ending early this morning then there will be a mix of sun and cloud with a 40 percent chance of flurries. Skies are expected to clear this afternoon. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this afternoon. Temperature steady near -21°C. Wind chill -33°C this morning and -27°C this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness early this evening with a 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature steady near -23°C. However with the wind chill it will feel more like -29°C. There is a risk of frostbite.

Western and Northern Ontario?

For some in our region, the term Northwestern Ontario is our geographic designation. However when you look at a map of Canada, Thunder Bay, Fort Frances, Atikokan, Rainy River, Kenora, and Dryden are not north. Actually Thunder Bay is south of Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, and Vancouver.

Thunder Bay is “North” of Toronto. For many in Southern Ontario, everything north of Orillia is “North” or perhaps doesn’t even register as part of Ontario. Place perhaps that blame on the old fashioned folding road maps? You have to flip the map over to find Western Ontario.

Northern Ontario should be all of the communities north of Sioux Lookout and Pickle Lake.

– James