Freezing Rain Warning Continues for Thunder Bay and Superior Region

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Ongoing Freezing Rain Warning in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay continues to face a freezing rain warning, with a prolonged period of freezing rain forecast for today and tonight.

Hazards:

  • The region is undergoing a period of freezing rain, leading to ice build-up.
  • Ice accumulation is estimated to be between 4 to 8 mm.

Timing:

  • The freezing rain is expected to persist throughout today and into tonight.

Discussion:

  • Ice build-up will be particularly significant over higher terrain areas, including Intola, Stepstone, and Wild Goose.
  • The central area of Thunder Bay may see less freezing rain, with surface temperatures hovering just above freezing.
  • Areas receiving multiple rounds of freezing rain are at risk of significant ice accumulation.

Expect Ice Build-up and Slippery Surfaces Today

  • Highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots are likely to become extremely icy and hazardous.
  • The ice build-up could lead to breaking tree branches and possible utility outages.
  • Residents should exercise extreme caution when walking or driving in affected areas.

Weather Outlook: From Freezing Rain to Sunny Skies

  • Today: Freezing rain or rain, with temperatures steady near +1°C.
  • Tonight: Periods of freezing rain with a low of 0°C.
  • Wednesday, December 27: Morning periods of rain or freezing rain, transitioning to cloudy skies. High of +1°C, followed by a clear night with a low of -9°C.
  • Thursday, December 28: Sunny with a high of -2°C, leading to a clear night with a low of -11°C.

Travel Safety Tips During Freezing Rain:

  • Avoid non-essential travel if possible. If travel is necessary, check road conditions in advance.
  • Drive slowly and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
  • Prepare for sudden changes in road conditions and visibility.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle, including a blanket, food, water, and a first-aid kit.
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