Sudbury Daystarter: News, weather, road information

News, weather and road information to start your day.

SNOW TOMORROW:  A special weather statement has been issued for Wawa, Sault Ste Marie, Superior East, Greater Sudbury, Chapleau, Gogama, Kirkland lake, New Liskeard, Temagami, Elliot Lake, Ranger Lake, Manitoulin, Blind River, Killarney, North Bay and West NipissingA weather system will bring snow to northwestern Ontario tonight and to northeastern Ontario tomorrow. Snowfall may exceed 15 cm. The snow could transition to rain from Sault Ste Marie to North Bay on Thursday night with the risk of freezing rain.  Snowfall warnings may be issued.

TODAY: Expect a mix of sun and cloud with highs from -8 C to -4 C.

TONIGHT: Lows from -8 C to -14 C with temperatures starting to rise overnight.

TOMORROW: With the snow, temperatures will range from - 3 C to plus 2 C. 

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.

A street sweeper makes its way along a Sudbury, Ont. street. (Erik White/CBC)
STREET SWEEPING: The city of  Sudbury is about to spend a lot more on street sweeping, and councillors say the move is long overdue. City staff submitted a report yesterday asking for an extra $227,000 a year for sweeping. The money will be used to hire two firms, instead of one, to take on the city's sweeping jobs for 2015. 

EDUCATION: The province is pushing school boards to work together to confront problems with declining enrolment... Many schools in northern Ontario are dealing with vacancy rates of more than 30 percent. But some say partnerships are unlikely to become the norm as boards compete for the dwindling numbers of students. READ MORE

TRANSPORTATION: Bearskin airlines has announced it will no longer run planes between the northeast region and Ottawa. That includes direct flights from North Bay or connecting flights from Sudbury or North Bay to Ottawa. The company says passengers holding tickets will get refunds. There's no word on why the routes were cancelled. 

SPORTS: The Sudbury Wolves dropped a third straight game to the Barrie Colts in the first round of the OHL playoffs last night. The Wolves must win the next game at the Sudbury arena on Thursday to stay alive. North Bay Batallion also fell last night and trail the Niagara Ice Dogs 2-1 in that series. The Soo Greyhounds beat the Owen Sound Attack on the road to take a 2-1 series lead.

Friday: Pairs free program: Canada's Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford. (Gerard Chataigneau/FSC-Sportims)

SPORTS: Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford sit in second place after the pairs short program Tuesday at the world figure skating championships in Saitama, Japan.​ WATCH

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

Highways are in good winter driving condition today but are expected to deteriorate overnight and tomorrow with 5 to 10 cm of snow expected Thursday. The snow will be heavy at times around Lake Superior. 

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.

With declining enrolment,the Minister of Education says partnerships between school boards are the answer. But what does that actually look like in northern Ontario? CBC reporter Megan Thomas tells us the story. LISTEN

See map below of student enrolment by English school across northern Ontario. The map has been populated based on 2012 data provided by the Ministry of Education.

See map below of student enrolment by French school across northern Ontario. The map has been populated based on 2012 data provided by the Ministry of Education.

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