Major winter storm hits Nunavut, Canada

The remote Northern Canada region of Nunavut was hit with a major winter storm on October 28, 2022, marking its first blizzard of the season.

The storm brought winds in excess of 100 km/h (62 mph), significant snow, and blizzard conditions to southeastern areas of Baffin Island and nearby marine regions.1

A Canadian Coast Guard ship reported a wind gust of 94 km/h (58 mph) near Killiniq Island while Iqaluit saw 12 hours of blizzard conditions.

City services in Iqaluit were suspended, including water delivery, waste management, garbage pickup and snow removal. The conditions improved on Friday evening.

The storm hit just 5 days after a good portion of Western Canada was hit by the country’s first significant snowfall events of the fall, with multiple days of travel woes, power outages and road impacts across the Prairies.2


1 Winter is coming: Intense 12-hour blizzard seen in Canada’s North – The Weather Network – October 30, 2022

2 PHOTOS: The Prairies see Canada’s first major snowfalls of the season – The Weather Network – October 24, 2022

Featured image credit: Connie Naulaq


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