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Major storm headed Thunder Bay's way

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement, saying up to 25 centimetres of snow could fall on Thunder Bay starting on Sunday morning.
Homeowners spent the afternoon clearing driveways of the sticky snow that caused plenty of damage for Thunder Bay Hydro crews to repair on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – The season’s first major snowstorm could be headed for the City of Thunder Bay, bringing up to 25 centimetres of snow to a community that has mostly escaped winter weather this fall.

According to a special weather statement issued on Friday by Environment Canada, heavy snow and strong winds are possible starting on Sunday morning through to Monday morning.

“On Sunday we have a low-pressure system tracking eastward, so as a result of that we’ve issued a special statement already, highlighting the snow expected on Sunday.” said meteorologist Peter Kimbell, in a phone interview with CKPR Radio.

“There will be winds out of the northeast blowing that around, so it will be a winter-like day on Sunday. Right now early indications are 10 to 25 centimetres of snow.”

Kimbell said some of the winds will be coming from the direction of Lake Superior, which could impact the forecast.

“We could have a good amount of snow on Sunday.”

The weather statement says there is some uncertainty as to the track of the system, which could impact the snowfall amounts expected.

Winds could gust between 60 kilometres and 70 kilometres an hour.

Communities outside of Thunder Bay have received significant snowfalls already this season.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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