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Sudbury Daystarter: Weather warnings across region

Everything you need to know to start your day.

A snow squall warning is in effect for Searchmont, Montreal River Harbour, Batchawana Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and St. Joseph Island. Snow squalls are expected today and tonight with local amounts of 10 to 15 cm. Snow squalls are expected to move north of Sault Ste. Marie tonight. A blowing snow warning is in effect for Attawapiskat. A wind chill warning is in effect for Wawa, Timmins, Cochrane, Kapuskasing, Hearst, Chapleau, Gogama, Kirkland Lake, Temiskaming Shores, Temagami, and Burk's Falls. Snow around Lake Superior and the far north, otherwise a mix of sun and cloud for Northeastern Ontario. Highs from -15 C to - 18 C. Along James Bay highs from - 20 C to -23 C. Tomorrow is expected be a few degrees warmer. 

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.

PARKING: A downtown Sudbury parking garage has been closed due to structural concerns. The owners of the Cedar Street car park say engineering reports received over the weekend prompted them to close the 49-year-old structure a few weeks ahead of schedule.

CRIME: On the anniversary of the Renee Sweeney murder, Sudbury Police are again asking for tips from the public. Sweeney was killed while working at a video store on Paris St. in Sudbury in 1998. Police say their most reliable piece of evidence is a jacket discarded by the perpetrator while in the process of fleeing the scene. They have released a photo of that jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

WAGES: An expert panel has recommended minimum wage go up in Ontario, but its report shies away from saying what rate it should currently be set at. FULL STORY.

ROAD SAFETY: The Ministry of Transportation says all contractors who deal with winter road maintenance in northeastern Ontario have been fined. The ministry said there are four contractors that provide maintenance in five areas of the region. Spokesperson Louise Cantin said the ministry has seen non-conformance to its targets in all five maintenance areas, leading to all four contractors being fined. FULL STORY

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

Streets in Sudbury are plowed, but snowpacked. Some intersections are very slippery.

Highway conditions have improved in the last 24 hours for Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins. However, roads in the Sault Ste Marie district are snow covered. Visibility is poor at times because of snow squalls. For people travelling south, a snow squall warning is in effect for Midland, Coldwater, Orr Lake, Parry Sound, Muskoka, Grey, Bruce, Orillia, Lagoon City and Washago. Wind chill warnings are in effect for most of southern and eastern 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.

What does it look like where you are this morning? Tweet us a photo @MorningNorth.

The TV show Dragon's Den is coming to Sudbury for in-person auditions. Part of getting on the show is a really good business pitch. The CBC's Chris Berube spoke with Catherine Langin of L. May Metal Fabricators. She succeeded in getting the dragons to invest. LISTEN

Find more interviews from Morning North and Points North

TONIGHT: Sudbury city council will be asked to support a union campaign called "stop the killing, enforce the law." It's a drive by the United Steelworkers to see that the laws that followed the Westray mining disaster on Nova Scotia be used more often. The steelworkers will make a presentation to Sudbury city council at tonight's meeting, starting at 6 p.m.

UPCOMING: Artists on Elgin is looking for emerging Sudbury artists 30 years of age or younger for an upcoming exhibit that is winter themed. Phone 705-674-0415 for more details.

NEXT MONTH: Are you a budding gardener looking to expand your harvest in the spring? The North Bay Seed Exchange is happening on February 22 at St. Andrews Church. You can exchange seeds, and those who don’t have any to exchange can purchase them for 25 cents a package. Entry is free, but non-perishable food items are being collected for the food bank. For more information, e-mail northbayseedexchange@gmail.com

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