Monday, November 24, 2014

Road conditions hazardous

The OPP is reminding motorists to take extra precautions to ensure safety while travelling on roadways within the North West Region.
According to Environment Canada, periods of snow, mixed with ice pellets and freezing rain, have moved into Northwestern Ontario in advance of a deepening Colorado low.

As the low moves into Minnesota by this evening, an expanding area of heavy snow will blanket the region tonight and into Saturday, with total snowfall amounts of 25-30 cm expected.
Brisk northerly winds also may cause some blowing snow tomorrow in exposed areas.
Driving conditions will deteriorate and become hazardous due to very low visibility in heavy snow and accumulating snow on untreated highways.
Travel should be postponed until the storm is over.
Locally, both Highway 71 and Highway 502 were closed earlier today but had re-opened as of press time.
Highway 11 between Longlac and Hearst remained closed as of press time.
Ministry of Transportation crews are working to address winter road conditions, but conditions are expected to worsen as the storm moves through the region.
Travellers should consult with the MTO Travellers Road Information Portal by dialing 5-1-1 prior to setting out.
The public also can find information on road closures and travellers’ advisories at www.mto.gov.on.ca

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