Sudbury Daystarter: Freezing rain, storm warnings issued

Everything you need to know to start your day.

Increasing cloudiness for the northeast region today with foggy patches for Greater Sudbury. ​Most of the north can expect highs at or just above freezing, from zero to 4 C. Timmins, Cochrane, Kapuskasing and Hearst can expect highs near -3 C today. Along James Bay highs from -10 C to -7 C.

As we head into the late afternoon and evening, freezing rain and winter storm systems are expected to move into the region. 

CBC Meteorologist Jay Scotland shows where messy weather heading for Ontario is coming from. (twitter, Jay Scotland)

FREEZING RAIN TO START TONIGHT: A freezing rain warning has been issued for Lake Superior Park, Searchmont, Montreal River Harbour, Batchawana Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Joseph Island, Greater Sudbury and vicinity, Elliot Lake, Chapleau, Gogama, Foleyet, Kirkland Lake, Englehart, New Liskeard,  Temagami, West Nipissing, French River, North Bay, Powassan, Mattawa, Blind River, Thessalon, Espanola, Killarney, 

Environment Canada says snow on the leading edge of a large precipitation shield associated with this winter storm will arrive this evening, then change over to ice pellets and freezing rain for a few hours before changing over to plain rain by morning as a warm front moves through.

HEAVY SNOW FOR SOME AREAS: A winter storm warning has been issued for Wawa and Pukaskwa Park. 25 to 30 cm of snow expected tonight and Friday. There will likely be a changeover to ice pellets and freezing rain in the Wawa area overnight. Total snowfall amounts of 25 to 30 cm are likely except over the Wawa area where total amounts will be held to near 15 cm thanks to the forecast changeover to ice pellets and freezing rain.

Environment Canada says an Alberta clipper and Texas low are tracking towards the Great Lakes where they will merge and rapidly intensify into a major winter storm by this evening. The storm centre is expected to reach Lake Superior on Friday morning, then move into Northern Ontario towards the Kapuskasing area by Friday evening.

Toronto is under a rainfall warning with 25 to 50 mm of rain expected today and tomorrow.

Thunder Bay is under a snowfall warning with 25 to 30 cm expected tonight and tomorrow.

For the latest on weather conditions tune into @MorningNorth live from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. each weekday morning. 99.9FM in Sudbury.

Sudbury's Rebecca Johnston and the Canadian women's hockey team face their main rivals in the gold medal game today. The game against the U.S.A. starts at noon.

Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste Marie rink have the day off after beating out China in the semi-final game. They will curl for gold on Friday at 8:30 a.m. The Essar Centre in the Sault will show the game on its jumbotron and is inviting people to wear red and white to cheer on the team. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday.

Devon Kershaw of Sudbury has one last event coming up in Cross-Country. He's expected to ski in the 50 kilometre race on Sunday.

Construction on phase two of Laurentian University’s School of Architecture will start next month. The director of the school said the $24-million expansion will take a year and a half to complete.

Starting up a new business has its challenges and finances may be one of them. A craft brewery attempting to open on Manitoulin Island is turning to crowd funding to get off the ground.

The Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada is hoping to break ground on a new facility in Sudbury this spring, but the plan will depend on government funding. AMRIC is waiting to hear back from the provincial and federal governments about grant applications.

For the latest info follow @CBCnewsSudbury on twitter. See breaking news? Call the CBC Sudbury Newsdesk: 705 688-3240.

This weather system will have significant impact across all of Northern Ontario over the next couple of days. Untreated surfaces may quickly become icy and slippery as the freezing rain moves in. Blowing snow and poor visibility could also be a problem in some areas. Travellers should adjust their plans accordingly. People are urged to check highway conditions and for possible highway closures.

The Ministry of Transportation keeps an eye on the roads around the clock. Click here and then on the "road conditions" box in the new window to reveal the latest information. 

See problems on the roads at highways? Send a note to @Sudburytraffic on Twitter, or phone the CBC Sudbury traffic line 705-670-3191.


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