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2014-01-04 at 16:26

Snow over cold

A sidewalk plow works on Ryerson Crescent on Saturday afternoon.
Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
A sidewalk plow works on Ryerson Crescent on Saturday afternoon.
By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

The weekend may have brought a reprieve from frigid temperatures, but it also brought a fresh snowfall.

Thunder Bay residents were left shovelling out the accumulation from the snowstorm that began Friday afternoon and carried into early Saturday morning.

Local climatologist Graham Saunders estimated that between 20 and 25 centimetres fell throughout the city.

The two climate elements have combined to make this one of the harshest winters in quite some time.

“We haven’t actually been able to enjoy winter because we’re either shovelling out or bracing for the cold,” Darlene Borosko said while shovelling her Ryerson Crescent driveway.

“We were starting to get used to tropical winters. We were getting spoiled, and this is just a wake-up call reminding us where we live. This is Northwestern Ontario; it should be like this.”

Much of the past week the city has been hit by a cold Arctic air mass that has set dubious records for daily low temperatures.

Record daily low temperatures were set on Dec. 30, Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 with a recording of a windchill value of - 51C on the morning of New Year’s Eve.

The city received 73.4 centimetres of snow during the month of December

Peter DeBoer was finishing clearing out his James Street driveway early in the afternoon and said that he would take snow over harsh temperatures, but only if it arrives sporadically.

“As long as it doesn’t snow all the time it’s okay,” DeBoer said. “If you have to shovel it every day twice a day then it gets a little bit daunting.”

The Ontario Provincial Police had to make a pair of highway closures as a result of the weather system. Highway 17 near Marathon was briefly closed overnight, and then a section of Highway 11 between Longlac and Hearst was closed for an extended period of time in the afternoon.

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anvil of crom says:
We haven't had much snow in many MANY years!
I know, I hung up my downhill skis because I figued they were of no real use hitting rocks on the slopes.
The best year being AT least 8 years ago.
So now, we have ONE year of snow and the whining begins! hey my back is as sore as the rest and YES I to am using a pickaxe on this stuff.
BUT people....Oh you short sighted people, give me a break.
Weve been lucky for many years! and have grown soft.
.... By the way the early 80's had great snow, and not too many people had even heard of global warming in the 80's!

1/5/2014 11:50:51 PM
snowman2674 says:
Honestly I'm not impressed with the snow removal this year. Main streets (Memorial, Balmoral, Ft William Rd) have not been plowed wide enough so sometimes half of the right lane is snowed in, forcing people to drive in the left or 'passing' lane.

Snowbanks are so high it's a risk every time you need to turn, and the lines on the roads have a thick layer of snow/ice so people drive all over the place.

Yes, we have a lot of snow. But this is Northern Ontario. We should expect this and have an adequate amount of snow removal workers and a plan to deal with hazards such as snowbanks.
1/5/2014 8:55:03 PM
Melvin Pitt-Balsam says:
Ah, the inevitable complaints about snow removal...as a past resident of Winnipeg, I have to chime in...

The snow removal in Thunder Bay is amazing! Two days after a big dump, main and side streets are done as well as the sidewalks. Back in my old neighborhood in Winterpeg, we would consider ourselves lucky to see one pass of the snow plow per winter. And the back alleys? Forget it! Ruts so deep my car would get hung up backing out of the garage. Think I'm exaggerating? Please feel free to check out the CBC/Manitoba site and search for stories on the woeful state of their snow removal. It's embarassing...

I am a relatively recent resident of Thunder Bay...I'm not a City employee and have no vested interests in its' works and operations. I just have to say, Street and sidewalk cleaners, please keep up the outstanding work!

1/5/2014 1:41:09 PM
laurie says:
wonder who the person(s) who put on the poll that they would be more comfortable with an extreme ice storm over a snowfall ???
1/5/2014 7:53:02 AM
Ranma says:
It would be really awesome if the city would start taking away the snow banks on residential streets. As it is, I have no place left to put any more snow, and we still have another 3-4 months of winter left. Some snowbanks on my block are over 8 feet high and people are unable to see out their driveways till it's too late.
1/5/2014 3:44:44 AM
rootbear says:
You are so true. Every time the plow goes by it pushes the snow back in my drive! This Sunday morning I've got hard snow boulders that require a PICK AXE to break apart before I can even think about moving them. I sent pics to Roads division with a letter of concern. Enough already!
1/5/2014 10:57:05 AM
CLETE says:
Just think you can soon walk to pick up your mail in the winter time.
1/4/2014 10:12:54 PM
fastball says:
Geez - freeze or shovel. Take your pick this winter.
Someone owes us a hell of a summer.
1/4/2014 10:11:47 PM
CM Punk says:
Not that I care, but Sky High as stated by many others in this forum, you are so out of touch with reality.
You are either a city council person or someone who is drinking the same kool aid from their jug.
In both cases, it does not very much about you.
1/4/2014 9:27:24 PM
sky high says:
How is giving you a lesson in economics being 'out of touch with reality'? I was just pointing out that people should see the bright side of a snow removal budget that has an unfavourable variance. Many city workers, private plow companies and even Joe with a plow on his half ton are going to benefit, as well as the rest of us who like to exercise. I'm not on city council, but since they are the ones we voted in I will support their decisions...instead of whining and cane-shaking, like YOU CM Punk. If you can't understand simple Economics 101, why are you even commenting in this site? Educate yourself and get back to me
1/5/2014 12:54:54 PM
buddyrose says:
Thunder Bay also set daily record low temperatures on Jan. 1 (-37.5) and Jan. 3 (-35.7). Five days in a row!
1/4/2014 8:40:45 PM
Common cents says:
Ah.... Global warming
1/4/2014 7:04:15 PM
fastball says:
Oh, shut it already!
One more idiotic remark about "global warming" (seriously, how 1987 can you get? Or do you still have a mullet?) and I'll blow a fuse.
1/4/2014 10:10:39 PM
mystified says:
Here is some data.
1/5/2014 5:03:23 PM
sky high says:
Guess we'll have to raise taxes to cover the bulging snow removal budget. On the bright side, employment income will rise for the people who plow and we'll all benefit from more exercise. Who says an increase in property taxes is a bad thing?
1/4/2014 5:20:26 PM
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