Thunder Bay Forecast Cold Winds and Frostbite Potential Amid Fluctuating Weather

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Thunder Bay starts the day at a brisk -19°C, with mainly cloudy skies and patches of the city experiencing blowing snow, thanks to northwest winds blowing at 20 km/h and gusting up to 31 km/h. The barometer, showing a reading of 101.1 kPa, indicates rising pressure, while a relatively low humidity level of 59% adds to the day’s cold feel. The significant wind chill factor brings the perceived temperature down to a frosty -29°C, underscoring the need for warm, protective clothing.

Today’s Chilly Forecast

The day is set to see a mix of sun and cloud, with a 30% chance of snow early in the morning, though conditions are expected to clear as the day progresses. Local blowing snow in the early hours could reduce visibility for morning commuters. The wind, maintaining its strength at northwest 30 km/h and gusting to 50 km/h, will push the high to only -12°C. The wind chill is particularly harsh, dropping to -34°C in the morning before slightly improving to -20°C in the afternoon. The risk of frostbite is high today, and with a UV index of 1, the sunlight offers minimal warmth.

Overnight Weather Shift

Tonight, the skies will start clear but become partly cloudy before the morning. The northwest wind will decrease to a light breeze late in the evening, with temperatures expected to fall to -24°C. The evening wind chill will make it feel like -20°C, worsening to -29°C overnight, maintaining the risk of frostbite.

Looking Ahead: A Warmer End to the Week

Thursday promises to become cloudy in the morning with a 40% chance of flurries late in the morning and in the afternoon. Winds will be gentler, at up to 15 km/h, with a high of -9°C. The wind chill in the morning will make it feel like -29°C, improving to -16°C in the afternoon.

A significant warm-up is expected by Friday, with sunny skies and a high of 7°C, followed by a clear night and a low of -7°C. Saturday’s forecast suggests cloudy skies with a high of 0°C and a 40% chance of flurries at night, with temperatures dropping to -6°C.

Wardrobe Suggestions

With the current cold and blowing snow, dressing in layers is crucial. Start with a thermal base layer, add a fleece or wool mid-layer, and finish with a windproof and waterproof outer layer. Don’t forget insulated gloves, a warm hat, and a scarf to protect exposed skin from frostbite.

Weather Trivia: Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay’s location on the shores of Lake Superior contributes to its dynamic weather patterns, including lake-effect snow, which can cause sudden weather changes and significant snowfall. The city’s resilience and adaptability to these conditions are a testament to the community’s spirit and preparedness for the challenges of northern winters.

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