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2014-02-14 at 15:54

Digging out

Chris Grant finishes snowblowing his Empire Street driveway on Friday morning.
Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
Chris Grant finishes snowblowing his Empire Street driveway on Friday morning.
By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

It may be Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean winter is getting a lot of love in this city.

The season, many residents say, has overstayed its welcome this year. At least that’s the consensus of many Thunder Bay residents who spent a portion of Feb.14 digging themselves out from a major snowfall that hit Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning.

Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson said the Thunder Bay International Airport recorded 17 centimetres of snowfall Thursday into Friday, but added that meteorologists in the city reported that certain areas could have seen as much as 25 centimetres.

The bitterness isn't likely to end anytime soon. Environment Canada continues to provide a consistent long range forecast of snow and cold. with more coming  during the long weekend.

“Another one of these systems is expected to move in overnight (Friday) and that snow will begin before morning with snow expected to continue throughout Saturday and looking at five to seven centimetres by the night.”
He added another system could follow on Monday.

In addition to shovels and snowblowers, many residents used plows attached to pickup trucks or improvised by using all-terrain vehicles to deal with this most recent snowfall.

No matter their method, most have gotten tired of the repeated shovelling missions.

One of those residents was Morizia Kis, who cleared snow from three driveways on Friday morning.

She started off with her own in Rosslyn, before doing her elderly parents’ driveway and finishing with her parents’ rental property on Brown Street.

This winter has already been long enough in her eyes, even though she doesn’t expect it to end anytime soon.

“It started too early and it’s probably going to end too late,” Kis said. “I’d rather have a short cold winter and a nice, long hot summer.”
Her first driveway took nearly an hour and then she was aided by the use of a snowblower at her parents’ house.

Still, she said the snowblowing work was still not easy.

“That’s a lot of work,” Kis said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a shovel or if it’s a snowblower it’s still time.”

Other residents who thought they were getting a head start on the removal by tackling the snow Thursday evening, or got to work before the street plow showed up, found their job wasn’t finished.

Chris Grant was out at noon snowblowing his Empire Street driveway for the second time on Friday.

While having to be out in the cold twice on the same day is an inconvenience, he acknowledges it’s part of the territory for living in Northwestern Ontario.

The snowfall wasn’t all bad news though as those who make a profit removing snow enjoyed the spike in business this week.

Kyle Buchan is spending his first winter getting paid for clearing driveways and had already completed four before noon after getting his day started at 8 a.m.
He said he has been busy throughout the season.

Along with a partner, they have approximately 20 clients they serve and he estimates it takes two days to hit all of them after a major dump.

“It’s not really (an inconvenience), it’s pretty good money if you don’t mind the work,” Buchan said.

Coulson said history, like last year, shows it is possible the city could continue to see significant snowfalls through the month of April with May snowfalls not unprecedented.

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rocketship says:
Keep your money in Canada!!

The southern Okanagan Valley in British Columbia was 14C last week!!!
2/17/2014 11:38:14 AM
sd says:
Sacrilegious And Deranged....should I go on
2/16/2014 3:04:02 PM
S Duncan says:
Its nice that so many of you make me the subject of your comments.

Its good to be loved.
2/17/2014 3:39:43 PM
razor_burn says:
Get your lazy butts out there and get some exercise. On a side note, Duncan needs to up the meds. Maybe he suffers from SAD.
2/15/2014 6:00:01 PM
S Duncan says:

Supreme and deiform ???

go ahead, get your dictionary out.
2/15/2014 9:50:39 PM
fastball says:
More like self aggrandizing & delusional.

(I got my Webster's right here)
2/16/2014 3:00:13 PM
TBAY Duffer says:
Like so many of my friends and neighbours, I think I will be in Florida, Texas or Arizona next winter.

You really only need to skip January and or February to break Winter's back. The snow will still be here when you return in March, so you will not lose your "Northern Status"

The savings on food, gas, and beverages, just about pays for the rent down there. It is a no brainer.

2/15/2014 9:18:43 AM
unheard says:
2/15/2014 2:55:21 PM
DustInTheWind says:
We could have trucked it in for less than it cost the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

Thunder Bay and it's bad timing!
2/14/2014 9:22:23 PM
bubba says:
Winter in T-Bay/No. Ont. Cold and snow, go figure.
First real one in ten years maybe.
Just deal with it. And yes I'm a tired of it,just like every year. Another 6 weeks and we're on the home stretch
2/14/2014 8:47:22 PM
passlake says:
Snow is awesome. It's part of the reason I live here.
2/14/2014 8:36:33 PM
damanisback says:
! Free snow !
Take as much as you want.
No deliveries

123 skinny street t bay
2/14/2014 7:10:42 PM
fastball says:
Freeze or shovel - pick one. Seems to me that those are our only choices this winter.
Sigh...only 2 more months to go.
2/14/2014 4:23:07 PM
rootbear says:
IF we're lucky....
2/15/2014 9:10:31 AM
rootbear says:
That's it....I'm buying a plow next winter and make extra money to pay for the rise in utilities and taxes! Keeps me warm, busy and out of poverty! Bring on the snow!!
2/14/2014 4:03:25 PM
S Duncan says:
If you want to make extra money, don't buy a plow.

If you want people to drive you nuts and complain about paying any sum at all, then by all means, go buy a plow.
2/14/2014 11:19:28 PM
tsb says:
There's pretty decent money in plowing, it just depends on how nice you are to your customers.
2/16/2014 11:03:36 AM
S Duncan says:
I must be too nice then because I never made any "decent money" when I used to plow.
2/16/2014 1:40:39 PM
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