Iqaluit Braces For Extremely Strong Blizzard To Hit Tomorrow...

  • A strong storm system currently over North Quebec is forecasted to shift Northward and intensify tonight.
  • Blizzard conditions will be seen tomorrow and Wednesday morning in Kimmirut, Cape Dorset, Sanikiluaq, Iqaluit, Pangnirtung, Qikiqtarjuaq, Clyde River, Hall Beach, as well as, Repulse Bay, Coral Harbour, Chesterfield Inlet, Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake, and Arviat.
  • On the south of Baffin Island, the worst of the winds are expected to hit tomorrow afternoon with winds gusting to 120 km/h or higher (same as a category 1 hurricane)
  • Below is a forecast of the storm system at 3:00 pm local time tomorrow.

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  • This could be the strongest storm to hit Iqaluit since a storm on Feb 4, 2007 (that storm had wind gusts to 135 km/h and damaged numerous buildings in town).
  • Conditions should improve on Baffin Island by Wednesday morning.
  • In the Kivalliq, winds will be a little weaker (gusting to 70 km/h) but blizzard conditions look to persist tomorrow through the day on Wednesday.
  • The Kitikmeot will be spared the blizzard conditions, although the eastern communities (including Kugaaruk and Taloyoak) will see winds gusting to 50 km/h tomorrow.
  • Clear conditions are expected in the Kitikmeot tomorrow with temperatures near -30.


  • A band of snow will work its way through the NWT tomorrow bringing around 5-10 cm to the Mackenzie Delta. 
  • Winds will also be on the breezy side in the North of the territory tonight and tomorrow morning.
  • Windy weather and snowfall will also move through the Sahtu and Great Slave Lake Regions tomorrow with winds gusting to 60 km/h tomorrow in Yellowknife.
  • Few flurries expected in the Dehcho through the day tomorrow as well.
  • Temperatures in the NWT will be closer to seasonal tomorrow with highs in the mid -20s for most communities.


  • Pretty quiet weather pattern in store for the Yukon, with some snow continuing through the day tomorrow for most communities.
  • Mild weather will also sticking around.Temperatures will remain around -6 tomorrow in the south, -10 in Dawson, and -19 in Old Crow.
  • Temps in Old Crow should drop back to the -30s by Wednesday....back to the minus teens in the south by the weekend.


  • Today's weather photo shows some of the fireworks on New Years Eve in Dawson City YT (Courtesy of Dawn Kisoun)


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