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2014-02-19 at 10:35

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 FILE -- A city resident snowblows his driveway last Friday after a heavy snowfall.
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FILE -- A city resident snowblows his driveway last Friday after a heavy snowfall.
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By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

Don’t put your snow shovels away just yet.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm watch for this area for Thursday and Friday.

"Winter is definitely not over," said Marie-Eve Giguere, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

An Alberta clipper and a Texas low are expected to merge over Lake Superior causing up to 25 centimetres of snow to fall in Northwestern Ontario by Friday.

The storm may track northeast across the Great Lakes into Hudson Bay with the possibility of ice pellets and freezing rain for Northeastern Ontario.

The action will start Wednesday evening with a few light flurries and the first low is expected to arrive Thursday.

"That's the weaker storm, so just a bit of snow on Thursday, maybe five to 10 centimetres," said Giguere.

The storms are expected to merge overnight Thursday and that's when the heavier snow will start.

"It's going to last all day Friday. We're expecting with those three days of weather to see maybe up to 25 centimetres of snow at this point. In behind that, we're expecting lots of wind, blowing snow on Friday," said Giguere.

And while the storm may be over by Friday's end, the bad news continues with cold temperatures expected to settle back into the region.

"When we get those strong systems, they tend to drag a lot of cold air from the north in behind them," said Giguere.

"We are going to be flirting with the freezing mark (Wednesday) and (Thursday) but just as soon as the storm passes the area and moves in the Hudson Bay, then we're going to into this northerly flow and unfortunately, it looks like it's going to last for over a week."

The average snowfall for the area in February is 27.8 centimetres. The area has already received 26.9 centimetres this month and if another 25 comes this week, it would double the norm for February.

The city's roads division manager Brad Adams said they are prepared for the upcoming storm event, but he's still hopeful it will bypass the city.

"We will be preparing our equipment, having the manpower ready so whatever comes we will deal with according to our standards," he said Wednesday afternoon.

With existing tall snowbanks and the potential for another 25 centimetres of snow to hit the city, Adams said they should have enough room to put the coming snow.

"A month ago, we were taking out snowbanks so we've increased some of our snow storage capacity on our arterial collector streets," he said.

"We'll have to look at other areas where it might impact some of the travel lane of a roadway."

Adams hopes they won't have to do any more snowbank removal but added if it needs to be done, they will do it and will assess the situation on a location-by-location basis.

Forecasts and the latest warnings can be found at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.


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The Cougar says:
Please. The sensible drivers of Thunder Bay are begging you. Slow down if you're driving during this snow fall.
2/19/2014 10:49:12 AM
Marak says:
WOO-HOO!!! I'm so sick of it that I don't actually care anymore!!! BRING IT ON!!!! :D
2/19/2014 10:58:22 AM
rootbear says:
I'm with Marak.....I'm throwing in the shovel, so to speak. I'm defeated......you win this one old man winter. Till we meet again!
2/19/2014 12:13:33 PM
gerster says:
Bring it on.......but first, can the city plow our roads that are in really bad shape and has only seen a plow 2 times this winter on our roads! Glengarry st area.......thanks!
2/19/2014 11:32:06 AM
gerster says:
well, about 2 hours after this comment went up, the plow came and buried the end of my driveway! I was out there with a huge smile! THANKS, the roads are now clear until tomorrow! lol
2/19/2014 10:09:50 PM
Eastender says:
Plow the roads? What, and spend good money that should be earmarked for the event centre? Dont you know we need to have a reserve on hand if we expect to get money from prov. gov. and feds? Spend money on plowing roads? What kind of fools do you think we are, its all going to melt by May, or maybe June, anyway. Just get yourself a four by four truck, like sensible people and pedal to tne metal. And if your scared to drive, stay off the road, cuzz I'm cunin through.

About those broken water mains, just put your skates on and skate to work, what the heck you need the exercise anyway.
2/19/2014 11:46:27 AM
fastball says:
" Just get yourself a four by four truck, like sensible people and pedal to tne metal. And if your scared to drive, stay off the road, cuzz I'm cunin through."

Your feeble attempt at humour would be funny if it weren't so close to the truth, EE.
Sound familiar?
2/19/2014 2:41:11 PM
S Duncan says:
just get out of my way because Im coming by you whether you like it or not.

if you cant drive your vehicle in the snow, stay home or go buy a real truck.
2/19/2014 4:06:27 PM
tothecloud says:
Better watch out for the overly cautious drivers doing 60 km/h on the highway in anticipation of the snow.
2/19/2014 11:53:34 AM
country_gurl says:
@tothecloud There is no such thing as being overly cautious when its snowing out and the roads are bad! If you drive you must be one of those drivers that think their invincible in bad weather when the roads are horrible!!
2/19/2014 2:05:23 PM
AndersonSilvasLeg says:
Rather look out for the people who think they are the worlds greatest drivers; the ones who think they won't slide on black ice just because they have a truck; the ones who ignore the crappy road conditions and still chose to drive like it's summer weather.

Yeah, go on and watch out for the people who are trying to keep their lives and others lives safe.

Good call tothecloud
2/20/2014 10:15:43 AM
DougMyers says:
Good news for our local retailers that make their money in the winter. They have had some tough years recently and I know a few that are relishing the opportunity to make up for lost time.
2/19/2014 11:54:16 AM
mango says:
this guys a habs fan.... he deserves the snow.
2/19/2014 12:12:53 PM
extreme measures says:
Texas lows and Colorado lows usually give you way more precipitation than predicted couple that with an alberta clipper and this is a making of a real doozy of a 2 headed monster of a winter storm. That's what city administration gets for blaming mother nature for its budget shortfall last summer. Looks like mother nature is getting the last laugh. Start taking away the snowbanks again and quit wasting it on that stupid event center.
2/19/2014 12:16:16 PM
ranma says:
What I would really like, would be the 6-8 foot high snow banks removed from my street. But if the city waits long enough, they'll melt, or someone will get crunched, because they can't see out of their driveway.
2/19/2014 2:26:22 PM
conker2012 says:
6-8 foot banks are your fault. Mine are no higher than three feet because I spread the snow out across my entire yard. Don't blame the city for something you do.
2/19/2014 3:22:36 PM
digdug76 says:
Maybe you'd like to come and view my yard as well as my neighbour's? The snow banks are completely flat and are 6 feet high. There are no dips or valleys, the snow is evenly spread and the banks are still 6 feet high.

I guess this is my fault. I should be out there with a hair dryer melting the snow?

Get off your high horse.
2/19/2014 4:50:40 PM
moonpie says:
Ya good one. When the street plow comes by followed by the sidewalk plow and you only have a 5-foot wide boulevard between the two to pile all that snow, the height of the snowbanks starts to climb pretty quick. Mine are 6-8 feet high right now too because there is nowhere else to put the snow. I'd like to know how your snowbanks are only 3 feet high when we've had about 4 feet of snow.
2/19/2014 6:12:19 PM
betterbob says:
Its not me pilling the snow 8 foot high, let me tell you.The neighbors go out with their snow thrower and make it as high as they can and they don't spread it out at all.

I hope they do more snowbank removal even if we dont get the storm
2/19/2014 7:29:55 PM
starbright says:
I am sick of all the snow. I was hoping that spring was going to be on its way with the nice weather we are having today and yesterday.

I hope that drivers are careful driving.

I wonder if Intercity is going to shut down again at 6pm because of the snow again? No other stores closed last Thursday except for Intercity. The city buses were running. Ever sad!
2/19/2014 2:57:18 PM
woof!! says:
There were lots of other places closed last Thursday. Day cares, arenas, hockey games were cancelled at the Tournament Center.

When the police are asking drivers to stay off the roads more places SHOULD close. Being open only encourages people to be out when they shouldn't be.
2/19/2014 5:46:31 PM
mystified says:
Nothing we can do about it.
Stay safe.
Drive at what ever speed you are comfortable with, don't worry about the car tailgating you.
When they run into you they are automatically charged with following to close. Take pictures with your cell immediately as there are many uninsured and license revoked people still driving and it is very common for drivers to flee the scene in Thunder Bay.
2/19/2014 3:29:58 PM
woof!! says:
I was advised by a police officer at a recent collision that cell phone pictures are inadmissible in court due to the ease of editing.
2/19/2014 5:44:44 PM
AndersonSilvasLeg says:
Not that I'm trying to argue you or what the officer said but, you can easily edit pictures that come from a digital camera as well.

Cell phone camera's are pretty much exactly like digital camera's now.

Unless we go back to using rolls of film....
2/20/2014 10:23:17 AM
mystified says:
Tell that police officer that you have location services turned on and that the meta data in the original picture will be enough evidence as it is used in determining where and when a child porn picture was taken.

I'm sure if you took a video of someone beating the crap out of someone else the video would be accepted as evidence.
2/20/2014 11:12:17 AM
kevy says:
Hey EE lend us all cash to buy 4x4's so we can cunin through too! Where you from? Texas where the low is cunin from?
2/19/2014 7:53:52 PM
det john kimble says:
Alberta clipper and a Texas low!!

is this an Alexas Lipper??

the guys that made these names had too many Tequila Sunsets and Harvey wall bangers!!

get my stock of Gatorade up to par and prepare to become a part of the "shovelnation", and prepare for sweaty dehydration in the snow!
2/19/2014 9:37:12 PM
ou812 says:
I find it funny reading these posts saying that most people are against an event centre in downtown. Every single person I have talked to is thrilled that it may actually happen finally.

I also find it funny that this meeting organized by Ray Smith is in Westfort. This tells me that this so called uproar is all about the Fort William/Port Arthur issue.
2/19/2014 10:05:37 PM
ring of fire dude says:
Wrong news item there BIA troll .
2/20/2014 10:20:42 AM
hey_buddy says:
STAY HOME!!!! Do you really require chips & pop in blizzard like conditions? People will be on the roads for no good reason per usual.
2/19/2014 10:08:02 PM
ring of fire dude says:
I wouldn't want to be living in the East End if we get a heat wave that melts all this snow quickly . Better save the Event Center reserve fund for the next round of Zaitzeff class action lawsuits .
2/19/2014 10:27:19 PM
nvjgu says:
25cm! woop de do
2/19/2014 11:13:18 PM
Ranma says:
Conker, my entire front yard is 6 feet deep with snow, so is my neighbour's. The boulevard is about 6 feet as well. I have also lost about 3 feet of my driveway in front of the house because we have had to start piling snow there. I also have a wheelchair ramp that needs to be cleared.

Is it really my fault that the city had slowly shrunken the snow budget over the past decade and now they can't handle a real winter? Is it my fault that I need to clear the entire driveway so the wheelchair ramp is accessible? Or would you like to come over and carry the person who needs the wheelchair ramp? Up to you.

I don't own a snowblower and do it all by hand and properly spread it out. If I had a snow blower, the banks would be higher, like the ones several doors down where the banks are 8-9 feet high. So unless you have a 100 foot front yard, or a single width driveway, I doubt your banks are only 3 feet.
2/20/2014 1:24:39 AM
northerngardener says:
Its February. Winter in Thunder Bay...why whouldn't we expect snow??? I've never seen a warm sandy beach here in the middle of winter.
2/20/2014 7:56:12 AM
joks says:
2/20/2014 11:44:26 AM
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