Weather – Chilly Weekend with Snow Showers for Vermilion Bay and Dryden

Dryden Ontario - Looking south toward the Resolute Mill
Dryden Ontario - Looking south toward the Paper Mill

DRYDEN – WEATHER – Vermilion Bay and Dryden are experiencing a brisk start to the weekend, with light snowfall and temperatures just shy of the freezing mark at -2.7°C as of 6:00 AM CDT, March 16, 2024.

Recorded at Dryden Airport, the current weather conditions include a steady west-northwest wind at 21 km/h, gusting to 35 km/h, which has brought the wind chill factor down to a biting -9°C.

Visibility stands at 16 km, slightly reduced due to the snow, which is set to continue into the afternoon.

Weekend Weather Overview

Saturday’s Forecast

Today, the area is bracing for a few morning flurries that will transition into periods of light snow by noon. The wind will strengthen from the northwest, reaching speeds of 30 km/h and gusting up to 50 km/h, ensuring temperatures remain cold with a high of only -3°C.

The wind chill is expected to make it feel as cold as -13°C this afternoon, with the UV index staying low at 1.

Saturday Night into Sunday

As night falls, the light snow is anticipated to taper off near midnight, leaving behind cloudy skies and a 40% chance of additional flurries. An expected snowfall of 2 cm could accumulate, while northwest winds continue to gust up to 50 km/h.

Temperatures will drop to a low of -13°C, but the wind chill could make it feel as cold as -21°C overnight, emphasizing the need for warm, insulated clothing.

Sunday’s Conditions

Sunday will dawn cloudy with a 40% chance of morning flurries. The wind will shift to the north at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h, contributing to a chilly high of -8°C. Wind chill values in the morning could plummet to -22°C, moderating slightly to -15°C by the afternoon. Despite the cloud cover, the UV index will inch up to 2, remaining categorized as low.

Looking Ahead to Monday

The beginning of the week will see continued cloudiness with a high of -6°C during the day. Monday night follows a similar pattern, remaining cloudy with a 40% chance of flurries and an expected low of -12°C.

Preparing for the Cold

Residents and visitors in the Vermilion Bay and Dryden areas should dress in multiple layers and consider wind-resistant outerwear to navigate this chilly weekend. Hats, gloves, and scarves are essential, along with insulated footwear, to combat the frosty temperatures and wind chill.

Insightful Weather Fact

Did you know? The geography of Northwestern Ontario, including areas like Vermilion Bay and Dryden, plays a significant role in its weather patterns, often leading to quick changes in weather conditions, especially during the transitional seasons of spring and autumn.

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