Multiple highway closures and a new SNOWFALL WARNING

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(NORTHERN ONTARIO) – We have some updates regarding incidents on area highways. Highway 17 near Ignace is reopened but there have been some new developments.

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Hgihway 17 is now closed in both directions east of Thunder Bay. The closure is marked between Nipigon and Schreiber due to a jackknifed tractor trailer near the sign for Pays Plat. The reopening time is unknown at this time.

This highway closure was reported at 6:51 pm.

As usual, please use caution if you must drive through this area once it is reopened, as road conditions are rough due to the snowstorm.

Next up is another Highway 17 disruption east of Thunder Bay, The highway between White River and Terrace Bay has been completely closed down due to rough road and weather conditions.

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The Ontario Provincial Police have closed the road and are uncertain of when it will be able to be reopened. This was reported at 7:10 pm.

Further west down Highway 17 is yet another complete closure of the highway. The third closure has shut down Highway 17 in both eastbound and westbound lanes completely due to the rough weather conditions. This section of the highway closure is between Wawa and Batchawana.

Police are on scene and are unsure when the road will be reopened. This was reported at 7:18 pm.

Environment Canada has issued the following warning for Thunder Bay and east of the city.

A long period of snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected.

Snow will continue tonight before slowly starting to taper off to scattered flurries on Friday.

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22 centimetres of snow have fallen at Thunder Bay Airport since this snowstorm began last night.

Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected across the areas Northwest of Lake Superior.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.

We will update you as more updates become available.

Source: Ontario 511

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