SUDBURY -- Environment Canada says snow is starting Wednesday afternoon in many parts of northeastern Ontario and will gradually increase overnight, with the heaviest falling throughout the day on Thursday.

The communities expected to get the most snow are near the Quebec border:

  • Kirkland Lake – Englehart
  • North Bay - Powassan – Mattawa
  • Temiskaming Shores – Temagami
  • West Nipissing – French River

Environment Canada says 15 to 25 cm of snow is expected to fall in these areas by Friday morning as it tapers off into flurries, however the North Bay area could see as much as 40 cm.

Northernly winds will create blowing and drifting snow, resulting in hazardous travel conditions.

Ten to 15 cm of snow is being forecasted for these communities:

  • Espanola - Killarney
  • Greater Sudbury and vicinity
  • Fraserdale - Pledger Lake
  • Kapuskasing - Hearst - Smooth Rock Falls
  • Kirkland Lake – Englehart
  • Little Abitibi - Kesagami Lake
  • Manitoulin Island
  • Moosonee
  • Timmins - Cochrane - Iroquois Falls

Travellers should be prepared for poor winter driving conditions due to low-visibility in heavy and quickly accumulating snow.