Snowstorm closes part of Trans-Canada Highway, photos here
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 8:22 AM - Winter is in full swing in northwestern Ontario as a snowstorm continues to batter the region. Wintry conditions have forced officials to close the Trans-Canada Highway from Vermilion Bay, Ont., to Falcon Lake, Man.
Kenora, Ont., has picked up about 30 cm as of Tuesday morning, with several accidents reported across the region. There are also reports of transport trucks struggling to get up hills in the area (see video below).
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Blizzard warnings continue for northern Manitoba and portions of northern Ontario, including Fort Severn.
"A deep low pressure system will track across the Lansdowne House area later today and reach James Bay tonight," says Environment Canada in the warning. "Hence a major winter storm associated with this low pressure area will continue today and tonight. Snow, heavy at times, will continue today into Wednesday. Total amounts of 20 to 40 cm are likely."
In addition to the accumulating snow, very strong northwesterly winds gusting up to 80 km/h will continue to kick up the freshly fallen snow, resulting in near zero visibility at times, adds the weather agency.
Conditions are expected to improve Wednesday afternoon as the snow tapers to flurries.