Northwestern Ontario's first winter storm tapers off

People in northwestern Ontario are used to digging out from snowstorms, like one that rocked Kenora last spring. Environment Canada is forecasting the first major storm of the year today, with over 10 centimeters expected for areas west of Thunder Bay. (Hayley Schwartz/CBC - image credit)
People in northwestern Ontario are used to digging out from snowstorms, like one that rocked Kenora last spring. Environment Canada is forecasting the first major storm of the year today, with over 10 centimeters expected for areas west of Thunder Bay. (Hayley Schwartz/CBC - image credit)

Northwestern Ontario's first winter storm of 2022 is tapering off, but cold temperatures are expected to remain for the rest of the winter.

The storm, which brought snow and freezing rain to the region on Thursday and Friday, hit the far northwest, including the Kenora and Fort Frances areas, the hardest.

For example, about 18 centimetres of snow fell in the Kenora area, Environment Canada said.

The Thunder Bay area, meanwhile, mainly saw freezing rain and ice pellets, with a bit of snow mixed in, said Environment Canada meteorologist Peter Kimbell.

On Friday, the storm was wrapping up across the region, Kimbell said.

"This is the first good snow storm of the year," he said. "People have been probably preparing for this for some time, so it's probably not a big shock, but certainly people should be mindful of the road conditions driving around across the region.

"Things should be improving [Friday], but still you have to be careful."

Hayley Schwartz/CBC
Hayley Schwartz/CBC

Cold temperatures linger

Kimbell said temperatures will remain cold, meaning the snow will likely remain in place for some time.

"Thunder Bay, we didn't get as much snow," he said. "More freezing precipitation, and if winds pull to the east and bring up a bit of warmer air over the next week or so, possibly it won't stick around much."

However, the cold means snow will likely remain for regions west of Thunder Bay, including Kenora, Kimbell said.