Environment Canada is tracking a storm system that is making its way across the prairies of Western Canada and is expected to hit Northwestern Ontario Monday night (January 31, 2022).

Environment Canada Meteorologist, Peter Kimbell confirmed the storm will bring a decent amount of snow, and strong wind gusts.

“We’re looking for snow to begin this evening, and we’re looking for a total accumulation of 10 to 15 cm. That’s going to spread over this evening, overnight, and tomorrow. The winds will shift from the south to the northwest with winds of 40 kilometres an hour gusting as high as 60 kilometres an hour.” Kimbell said.

He said the bulk of the snow will hit the region tonight and taper off into Tuesday morning (February 1, 2022).

Following the snow, Kimbell mentioned the low-pressure system will be bringing very cold temperatures.

“A high of only minus nine tomorrow, and then back to the bone-chilling cold tomorrow night of minus 26.”

The forecast moving forward following the storm shows no reprieve from the bone-chilling temperatures for the foreseeable future Kimbell concluded.

Temperatures through the month of January have been below the seasonal average for the month. The average high for the month has been -15.3 degrees, with an average of -11.4 degrees. The average low has been -25.2, and an average of -20.5 degrees.

The Kenora area has seen 43 cm of total snowfall in the month of January.

The strong wind gusts will create blowing snow and limited visibility for drivers traveling. Kimbell is recommending drivers stay off the roads after around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.