Though we’re a few weeks into spring it still may feel like winter for the next couple of days as a storm is expected to sweep through the region bringing with it some flurries.
Environment Canada says that a Dakota’s-based storm in the Northern United States is making its way eastward up into Northwestern Ontario.
“Expect up to 10 cm of snow for the area,” said Gerald Cheng Environment Canada Meteorologist. “Some areas could get slightly higher, but 10 cm is what we see in the forecast right now and it will start tonight and it will continue through Thursday morning.”
On Tuesday (April 5, 2022) the agency issued a Special Weather Statement for the Kenora, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout areas.
Cheng did mention that the temperatures should allow for the snow to not stick around for long.
“This show is a bit different because we are looking at temperatures hovering around just above freezing or around freezing. If we look ahead into the weekend already we’re looking at temperatures flirting with double digits almost 10 degrees looking at the forecast.”
The sub-zero temperatures will allow rain to mix in with the snow at times. There still remains much uncertainty regarding precipitation type, and therefore snowfall amounts, at this time.
Hazardous travel due to possible rapidly accumulating snow. If rain mixes in with the snow it could lead to very slippery road conditions. Motorists are advised to exercise caution.
This winter has been one for the ages in terms of snow. As of April 5, 2022, the Kenora area has received 238 cm of snow starting from October. The average for those months combined is roughly 145.5 cm.
Cheng concluded by saying that he can’t guarantee the snow is finished for the winter, due to the uncertainty of weather systems.