Freezing rain warning in effect for the regionFriday, January 11, 2013 by: Kate AdamsAs of 6:59 AM EST Friday, Environment Canada issued a freezing rain warning for North Bay - Powassan - Mattawa and West Nipissing - French River
Freezing rain likely across the district today.
A large area of precipitation will is moving into Northern Ontario as expected. Precipitation is expected to begin as freezing rain or ice pellets before changing over to plain rain. A weather spotter reported freezing rain and slippery roads in the Fort Frances area earlier this morning. At any given location, the freezing rain is not expected to last more than a few hours.
For areas very close to the Lake Superior shoreline, precipitation will be in the form of plain rain with only a risk of freezing rain.
Hazardous driving conditions are expected as untreated roads may quickly become icy and slippery.
A Colorado low is expected to move into Minnesota today then across Northern Ontario to Southern James Bay Saturday with a major winter storm expected in Northwestern Ontario as a result.
Elsewhere freezing rain is expected before changing over to rain as a mild air mass is pumped up from the Gulf of Mexico by southerly winds.
Motorists should be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions.