Sudbury Daystarter: Southbound lanes of Hwy 69 reopen

News, weather and road information to start your day.

HIGHWAY OPEN: Provincial police say Highway 69 south of Sudbury is back open to traffic in both directions. The southbound lanes were closed for several hours after a transport truck carrying a load of cars caught on fire. OPP say the driver was not injured.

Highways will deteriorate across northeastern Ontario as the snow develops today and tonight. Environment Canada is warning travellers in Hearst, KapuskasingTimminsCochrane and Iroquois Falls to be careful on highways because of accumulating snow and occasional reduced visibility in bursts of heavy snow and local blowing or drifting snow. 
All highways in northwestern Ontario are snow covered this morning. 

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.

Snow is already accumulating around northeastern Ontario:


The heaviest snow is expected to fall over Hearst, Kapuskasing, Chapleau, Timmins, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Kirkland Lake and Englehart where up to 10 cm is expected. There is also the risk of freezing drizzle for Chapleau, Wawa, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Joseph Island and Elliot Lake. Temperatures will range from -4 C to -1 C, except along James Bay where temperatures will drop from -11 C to -14 C.

TONIGHT: Overnight lows will range from -11 C down to -26 C.

TOMORROW: Some sunshine with highs from -7 C up to -3 C. Along James Bay highs of -10 C.
And don't forget to "spring forward" and move your clocks one hour forward before you go to bed Saturday night.

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.

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March Break is coming up and some parents are still making plans for child care for their kids. But how can you prepare your children to stay at home alone? The Red Cross offers babysitting courses for older children put in charge of younger siblings. 

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

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