Snowed in

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - FRONT PAGE - RYAN STELTER rstel­[email protected]­media.com

David Pen­ner of Pen­ner’s Jewellers was one of many Main Street busi­nesses shov­el­ling the side­walk the morn­ing of Mon­day, Jan. 7. Kenora was hit with 10 cen­time­tres of snow overnight caus­ing school buses to be can­celled as well as Kenora city tran­sit.

A timely dump of snow al­lowed for some kids in Kenora to en­joy the hol­i­day break for a bit longer.

School buses were can­celled in the re­gion due to 10 cen­time­tres of snow that fell overnight Mon­day. How­ever, schools in Kenora re­mained open. Judi Green, the gen­eral man­ager at the North­west­ern On­tario Stu­dent Ser­vices Con­sor­tium said they were mon­i­tor­ing the storm late Sun­day.

Green said a mul­ti­tude of fac­tors goes into mak­ing the de­ci­sion to can­cel school buses. The stu­dent ser­vices con­sor­tium is not in charge of the school buses, but rather an ex­ten­sion of the local school boards. She said things like wind, tem­per­a­ture and the abil­ity of the dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to clear the snow fac­tor in.

“We very rarely make a de­ci­sion the night be­fore be­cause con­di­tions can change overnight,” she said.

There is a text and email alert sys­tem par­ents can sub­scribe to, but on Mon­day the text alert sys­tem failed.

“Even if that hap­pens our web­site al­ways has up to date in­for­ma­tion,” Green said. “We al­ways en­cour­age par­ents to sub­scribe to both the text alert sys­tem and email alert sys­tem.”

Green said they will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the weather and “hope­fully” school buses are back up and run­ning to­day. City tran­sit buses were also can­celled Mon­day due to the snow.

The re­cent dump of snow seems fa­mil­iar for Kenora res­i­dents, as over the Christ­mas hol­i­days North­west­ern On­tario re­ceived a fair amount of the white stuff. In the month of De­cem­ber alone Kenora re­ceived 45 cm of snow, with the an­nual av­er­age at about 31 cm. So far in Jan­uary Kenora has re­ceived 15 cm of snow com­pared to the 28 cm an­nual av­er­age.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist with En­vi­ron­ment Canada Marie-Eve Giguere said Kenora will con­tinue to see snow in the next cou­ple days. A com­bi­na­tion of a Colorado low from the south and an Al­berta clip­per from the west cre­ated the con­di­tions peo­ple saw Mon­day. Kenora did not feel the full brunt of the storm as Sault Ste Marie was dumped with 40 cm of snow.

Giguere said nor­mally the colder air pushes sys­tems like these fur­ther south across the Great Lakes.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada is call­ing for sun­nier weather in the mid­week.

RYAN STELTER/DAILY MINER AND NEWS

DAVE THOMAS/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

School buses were can­celled in Kenora on Mon­day, Jan. 7 but schools re­mained open.

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