Region under storm warning

Winter is beginning to settle in here as the district was covered with a sheet of ice Sunday night—and a winter storm is headed this way.
Freezing rain began around 6 p.m. on Sunday and continued on and off until about 6 a.m. on Monday morning.
The drizzle is expected to change to snow Monday evening, with an accumulation of up to 25 cm (10 inches) by the time it’s all over Tuesday.
As of Monday morning, the area between Atikokan and Rainy River, north to Dryden and Sioux Lookout, and east to Upsala was under a winter storm warning issued by Environment Canada.
“A strong Colorado low is bringing a significant winter storm to much of Northern Ontario today into Tuesday,” the warning reads.
“Extended periods of freezing rain and ice pellets are likely in a band of regions extending from Geraldton and Lake Nipigon southwest to the Minnesota border near Fort Frances,” it continues.
“Ice accretion amounts of five to 10 mm are possible by tonight.”
Environment Canada is urging motorists to delay travel plans in light of the dangerous driving conditions expected.
“This is a large storm, and the hazardous winter travelling conditions will affect a large area of the province as a result,” it warned.
Highway 17 between Ignace and Upsala re-opened Monday morning after being closed Sunday due to the freezing rain.
Highway 71 between Highway 11 and Highway 17 was closed at midnight, then re-opened at 6 a.m. But as of Monday morning, Highway 502 remained closed due to icy conditions.

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