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