Thunder Bay Snow Clearing and Roads Update

Grader clearing snow on street. Image:
Grader clearing snow on street. Image:

THUNDER BAY – NEWS – While snowfall to the west of Thunder Bay was far more than in the city, areas of the city received approximately 10-15 centimetres of snow and sleet mix.

Rural roads received higher amounts of snow than in town and an additional 2-4 centimetres of snow is forecast for today.

Road Plowing

Road crews started plowing arterial and collector streets yesterday during the storm, and again at 2am this morning for cleanup. As of 9 am, all arterial and collector streets have been completed. Local street plowing has not been initiated but will be sanded and monitored.

Sidewalk Plowing

Sidewalk snow plowing started yesterday during the storm and again at 3 am this morning on the arterial, collector and core area street sidewalks. We expect to continue with clearing arterial and collector sidewalks throughout the day and once these are cleared we will begin on Local Street sidewalks. Local Street sidewalk clearing should be completed by Tuesday of next week.

Drainage Issues

With the significant amount of snow and rain we received yesterday, operations will be dealing with drainage concerns in addition to snow clearing. Staff will be focusing on removing snow from plugged catch basins and steaming frozen culverts/catch basins. Drainage issues that pose a risk of damage to property or are a safety concern are given priority.


The snow, rain and drainage issues are leading to potholes across the city, water in the holes is making it difficult for the cold patch to adhere as designed. Crews are out filling holes, but until we get some dryer conditions these will only be temporary fixes.

For more information, or to report an issue, contact the Infrastructure & Operations Dispatch at 625-2195.

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