Residents of northwestern Ontario woke up to a bunch of snow on Thursday morning (April 14, 2022), that fell rapidly overnight because of a massive spring storm.

Environment Canada says the bulk of the storm, that was predicted for Kenora, fell last night.

“At the Kenora Airport so far 15 cm of snow has been reported as of this morning [Thursday],” said Gerald Cheng, Environment Canada Meteorologist.

Cheng notes that residents will not get any reprieve from the snow on Thursday and even into Friday.

“It’s still going to be a snowy day. We do expect the snow to continue through today into tonight [Thursday]. It’s going to be less intense but still very snowy. Up to another 10 cm will be possible basically through tonight [Thursday] as the system continues to track its way through Northern Ontario.”

This storm is the result of a Colorado low, that tracked northeast across the central United States, into southeastern Manitoba before entering northwestern Ontario on Wednesday morning.

The snow began to fall early Wednesday morning, before ramping up in the afternoon, with a break in between, and then heavy snowfall into the late evening and early morning Thursday.

As we look ahead to the beginning of the Easter long weekend, snow is still in the forecast for Friday.

“Even though the system is slowly pulling away to the farther northeast, there’s still a lot of flurries on Friday, and a lot of the roads are still snow-covered, so I really recommend caution, especially at the beginning of this weekend,”

Due to the deteriorating weather conditions last night the OPP closed Highway 17 between the Manitoba border and Shabaqua Corners, and Highway 502 and Highway 11, from Fort Frances to Shabaqua Corners. The OPP has yet to confirm when those highways will reopen. 

If travelers are thinking of driving, following highway re-openings this weekend, the expected temperatures aren’t favouring motorists, and are going to be way below season averages.

“Our normal for this time of the year, the daytime high should be around 10 degrees, we’re nowhere near. Friday is going to be the coldest, forecast temperatures around minus 5 for the daytime highs, so we’re 15 degrees below normal.”

Saturday and Sunday temperatures are expected to improve, with the hopeful disappearance of the snow.

“Temperatures will rise, it will still be below seasonal, but there will be less snow as we head into Saturday and Sunday.”

Over the course of the last couple of days the Kenora, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout areas have all been under a Winter Storm Warning.

Red Lake is expected to get the same snowfall amount as Kenora with 20-40 cm projected, and Sioux Lookout is estimated to get around 20 cm of snow.

Keep up to date with all weather conditions with the REMR Roofing Storm Tracker.