Much of northwestern Ontario braces for a storm amid several snowfall and freezing rain warnings


The balmy fall climate that is lasted into November for most of northwestern Ontario is ready to finish with the primary snowstorm of the yr anticipated to roll by means of as we speak and into tomorrow. 

Much of the area is beneath snowfall and freezing rain warning as of Thursday morning, with different sections of the northwest beneath particular climate statements as extreme climate is predicted to hit Friday.

Atikokan, Thunder Bay, Kakabeka Falls, Nipigon, Marathon, and White River areas predict freezing rain and ice pellets this morning and into this night. Snow can also be anticipated tonight and  into Friday.

Environment Canada is forecasting whole snow and ice pellet accumulation of 5 to 10 centimetres. 

Surfaces resembling highways, roads, walkways and parking tons will develop into icy, slippery and hazardous, based on the climate company.

A girl wipes the snow off her van in Kenora, Ont., on Thursday, April 14, 2022, because the neighborhood digs out from a snowstorm that roared into town from the Prairies the day earlier than. (Hayley Schwartz/CBC)

“It’s a good time to start out getting ready the automobile emergency equipment or truck emergency equipment, jumper cables, a couple of additional blankets, issues that may maintain you heat when you run into hassle,” defined Geoff Coulson, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Snowfall warning in place

 Kenora, Dryden, Ignace, Rainy Lake, and Fort Frances areas are all beneath a snowfall or winter storm warning. According to Environment Canada, areas within the west predict whole snowfall accumulations of 15 to 25 centimetres.

The company can also be warning of sturdy wind gusts resulting in localized blowing snow, decreased visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow, together with snowfall charges of close to 2 centimetres per hour.

Areas additional north, together with Sioux Lookout, Greenstone, and  Manitouwadge are beneath a climate advisory as snow and ice pellets are anticipated to hit that half of the area later as we speak and into Friday. 

Last winter and early spring noticed a quantity of storms roll by means of northwestern Ontario, resulting in a deep snowpack and contributing to spring floods.

Shovelling providers trying to get packages underway, however volunteers wanted

As winter climate touches down within the area, packages like Thunder Bay’s Snow Angels volunteer snow shovelling service are ramping up.

The program matches volunteers to senior purchasers, normally inside the similar neighborhood. The Snow Angels shovel walkways, and porches. About 100 seniors in Thunder Bay are wanting for Snow Angels this yr.

“Volunteers are requested to go to the homes inside 48 hours of a snowfall of about three to 5 centimetres or extra and shovel the walkways and the porches so that there is accessibility to and from the house,” defined, Tessa Hettrick, volunteer coordinator with the City of Thunder Bay. 

Udhay Singh shovels out from final April’s spring snowstorm in Kenora, Ont., the primary main snow system of the autumn is scheduled to hit the area later this week. (Hayley Schwartz/CBC)

Hettrick stated town is hopeful every consumer will probably be matched up with a volunteer. She stated they’re trying to kick this system off as quickly as attainable, particularly with the winter climate on the best way. 

“Programs like this are extraordinarily necessary. As everyone knows northern Ontario, we are able to get fairly the massive quantity of snow,” stated Hettrick. 

“To be capable of have older adults keep of their house so long as attainable is extraordinarily necessary to to all people,” she stated. “If we’re capable of assist them have entry to and from their house by merely shoveling their walkways, we discover we see that as a very big bonus to permit them to have that entry.

The Snow Angels program is wanting for volunteers aged 16 and older. For extra details about signing up for the shoveling program go to the 55 Plus Centre web site, or e mail organizers.


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