Northern Ontario First Nation Communities Weather Outlook for March 15 to 18 2024

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Weather Forecast for Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Oji-Cree: ᑭᐦᒋᓇᒣᑯᐦᓯᑊ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊᐠ, Bearskin Lake First Nation (Severn Ojibwa: ᒥᒋᑲᐣ ᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ), Sachigo Lake First Nation (Severn Ojibwa: ᓴᒋᑯ ᓴᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ), Kasabonika First Nation (Oji-Cree: ᑳᐦᓴᐹᓇᐦᑳ ᓂᐣᑕᒻ ᐊᓂᐦᕈᓂᓂᐧᐗᐠ , Sandy Lake First Nation (or ᓀᑲᣞ ᓵᑲᐦᐃᑲᓃᐣᐠ for March 15-18, 2024.

The residents of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Bearskin Lake First Nation, Sachigo Lake First Nation, Kasabonika First Nation, and Sandy Lake First Nation are facing a cold and snowy weekend as of Saturday, March 16, 2024.

Early morning observations from Big Trout Lake Airport indicate light snowfall with temperatures dropping to -3.1°C. The atmosphere is fully saturated, reflected in a humidity level of 100%, and a brisk north wind at 15 km/h, gusting up to 32 km/h, intensifies the cold with a wind chill of -8°C.

Visibility has been reduced to 2 km, signaling a day where winter firmly reminds of its presence.

Weather Overview for the Weekend

Today, the communities are bracing for more snow, with expectations of around 5 cm accumulation. The northwest wind will strengthen to 30 km/h, with gusts potentially reaching 50 km/h, pushing temperatures to a high of -7°C.

However, the wind chill will make it feel much colder, near -18°C, underscoring the need for warm clothing and caution if venturing outdoors.

As night falls, the snowy conditions will persist, adding another 2 cm of snow. The wind remains strong from the northwest, with the temperature plummeting to -15°C. The wind chill will drop even further, reaching -16°C in the evening and a biting -26°C overnight, significantly increasing the risk of frostbite.

Sunday’s forecast doesn’t offer much reprieve, with cloudy skies and a 40% chance of flurries throughout the day. The wind, now coming from the north, maintains its strength at 30 km/h, gusting to 50 km/h, and keeps the high at -7°C. The morning will be particularly harsh, with a wind chill of -26°C, slightly improving to -15°C in the afternoon. Despite the cloud cover, the UV index will be low at 2.

The night promises clearer skies but colder temperatures, dropping to -20°C, which could affect both outdoor comfort and potentially indoor heating demands.

Monday hints at a slight change with a mix of sun and cloud and a 30% chance of flurries, yet temperatures remain low with a high of -8°C. The weather pattern continues into the night with snowfall expected, and the temperature reaching a low of -19°C, wrapping up a notably cold and snowy period for the region.

Recommendations and Observations

Residents should prepare for significant snow accumulation and exceptionally cold wind chills throughout the weekend. Dressing in multiple layers, ensuring adequate home heating, and minimizing outdoor activities, especially during the coldest parts of the day, are advised. This weekend’s weather serves as a reminder of the robust northern winter, demanding respect and preparedness from all who live within it.

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