Sudbury Daystarter: Storm may foil travel to southern Ontario

News, weather and road information to start your day.

Southern Ontario is bracing for another winter storm expected to arrive this morning. Environment Canada has issued a number of watches and warnings. Toronto could see up to 10 cm of snow and blowing snow. Some other areas could see up to 25 cm. The storm is expected to make travel to southern Ontario difficult.

Some Air Canada and Porter flights arriving from and departing for Toronto have been cancelled.

Find the latest weather warnings HERE.

Drivers in southern Ontario should be prepared for tricky driving conditions with a significant winter storm expected to bring a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain starting Saturday. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

Here in northeastern Ontario...we are expecting a mostly sunny day. It will be on the colder side though with highs from -8 C and -18 C. 

TONIGHT: Mostly clear skies and cold temperatures. Expect lows from -22 C down to -30 C. 

THURSDAY: Sunshine with highs ranging from -7 C and -13 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.

KINGSWAY: @GreaterSudbury says a water main break on the Kingsway has reduced traffic to one lane in each direction near the Nissan dealership. Crews are on site to repair the break, but traffic is expected to be slow in the area through the morning rush hour.

HIGHWAYS: Excellent winter driving conditions in the northeast this morning. Most highways are bare. However, highway conditions south of Sudbury and North Bay are expected to deteriorate through the day as another winter storm moves through southern Ontario.

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.

HEALTH: Cancer patients in Sudbury are waiting half as long for surgery, thanks to a new streamlined booking process at the hospital. Dr. David Boyle from Health Sciences North says a year ago, only about half of cancer patients were getting tumours removed on time. Boyle says what made the difference was a standardized process for all staff to follow.

SENIORS: The Parkside Centre in Sudbury is hoping to expand its program that supports isolated seniors. The Friendly Calling Program has been running for about a year. The volunteer service makes sure that seniors at risk of being isolated receive regular phone calls and offers of support.

PARKS: Campers in Timmins may be out of luck at Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park this summer, if more seasonal campsites are not sold. Ivanhoe was one of 8 parks in the north that the Ministry of Natural Resources planned to close two years ago. The city of Timmins stepped in to help operate it — but the city is on the hook if the park loses any money. Mayor Tom Laughren says 53 seasonal campsites are sold for this year, but 10 more must be purchased for the park to operate.​ People have until March 22 to purchase their seasonal campsite.

PASSENGER RAIL: A 16 year tradition could come to an end in the Algoma region, if passenger rail service is cancelled between Sault Ste Marie and Hearst. Each year ice climbers from near and far gather for the Agawa Canyon Ice Climbers Festival. They use the passenger train to access the ice climbing areas north of the Sault. But that passenger service is slated to end this spring after a federal subsidy was cancelled.

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

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