Northwestern Ontario dumped on by early season snowMonday, October 08, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
An early season winter storm slammed parts of Northwestern Ontario late last week and more is on the way.
Environment Canada reports an Alberta Clipper is sailing southeast from the prarie provinces and expected to bring rain and wet snow later today to the Fort Francis area by evening.
Following the precipitation, temperatures are expected to drop to around the zero degree mark.
It's expected that at least two to five centimetres of snow will fall on areas of Northwestern Ontario over night and driving conditions will deteriorate over the afternoon and evening.
On Thursday, Kenora was buried under more than 32 centimetres of snow.
Red Lake residents were treated to an untimely 26 centimetres of snow while Rawson Lake and Dryden each received an early snowfall of 8 centimetres of snow, says Environment Canada.
Accumulations on the ground were less than the reported amount of snowfall because of melting and compation.
The highest recorded depth of snow was 25 centimetres and was found at Red Lake at 8 a.m. on Friday.
At that time, snow depth at Kenora was recorded at 17 centimetres.
Strong winds combined with snow loads on the boughs of trees still in partial to full leaf led to falling tree limbs and left more than 4,000 people without electricity for some time before the storm moved out across James Bay and into Quebec.