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Drivers urged to stay indoors as winter blast prompts storm warnings
Published Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:11AM EST Last Updated Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:39PM EST
SUDBURY -- Police are urging drivers to stay off the roads as Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for many areas across northeastern Ontario.
Certain regions could see up to 25 cm of snow.
The communities under the winter storm warning include:
• Greater Sudbury and vicinity
• Kirkland Lake - Temiskaming Shores - Temagami
• Manitoulin - Blind River - Killarney
• North Bay - West Nipissing
Sudbury police are suggesting any drivers out on the roadways drive according to the conditions, leaving extra space between vehicles. If your plans aren’t urgent, they are advising you to stay home.
“If you don’t need to go out in these weather storm conditions don’t go out,” says Sherry Young, acting staff sergeant. “Sometimes our roads are of such that you should change your plans and change your route in that regard and maybe just stay overnight.”
Snow first started falling Saturday morning and it’s likely there will be 15 cm to 25 cm of snow with strong northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h.
Bob Gonko is a Sudbury resident who says he’s embracing this latest blast from old man winter.
“We haven’t had that much of it so it’s been great when we get it. The 30 cm gives me a day to blow another day and get some exercise and fresh air.”
Environment Canada has also issued special weather statements for certain regions. Those include:
• Chapleau – Gogama
• Kirkland Lake – Temiskaming Shores – Temagami
• Sault Ste. Marie – Superior East
This weather will impact travel conditions, and officials advised drivers to be extra cautious when out on the roads.