May 22, 2023 – Frost Advisory Issued: Protect Your Plants in Thunder Bay, Dryden, Fort Frances, Atikokan, Red Lake, and Kenora

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THUNDER BAY – WEATHER ADVISORY – As of 07:15 am EDT the Frost Advisory has ended.

Were you getting ahead of the planting season this weekend? Mother Nature is sending a message with a frost advisory.

The meteorological department has issued a Frost Advisory for the following areas: Thunder Bay, Dryden, Fort Frances, Atikokan, Red Lake, and Kenora. Residents in these regions are advised to take necessary precautions to protect sensitive plants, and crops, from potential frost damage.

Weather Conditions: A high-pressure system moving across the region has brought in clear skies and calm winds, allowing temperatures to rapidly drop during the overnight hours. These ideal conditions for radiational cooling have resulted in the formation of frost, which can pose a threat to vulnerable vegetation and exposed surfaces.

Impacts and Recommendations:

  1. Sensitive Plants and Crops: Gardeners, farmers, and individuals with outdoor plants are urged to take appropriate measures to shield delicate vegetation from the cold. Consider covering plants with blankets, tarps, or plant covers to insulate them from frost. Bring potted plants indoors if possible or relocate them to sheltered areas.
  2. Outdoor Water Systems: Homeowners with exposed outdoor water systems, such as hoses, faucets, and irrigation systems, should drain them or consider insulating them to prevent freezing and potential damage.
  3. Temperature-Sensitive Equipment: Contractors, construction workers, and individuals with temperature-sensitive equipment should take precautions to protect their machinery, tools, and other assets from the cold. Store equipment in heated garages or cover them securely to shield them from frost.
  4. Pets and Livestock: Pet owners and farmers should ensure their animals have proper shelter, bedding, and warmth to withstand the colder temperatures. Consider providing extra insulation or heating sources to keep animals comfortable and safe.
  5. Road Conditions: Although no significant impact on road conditions is expected, drivers are advised to exercise caution, especially on bridges and overpasses, as they may become slippery due to the presence of frost.