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Winter storm closes highways in northwestern Ontario

Nov 12, 2021 05:58AM ● By Editor
Photo: WDIO-TV file

From WDIO-TV - November 11, 2021

Transportation officials closed Highway 71 north of Fort Frances as well as a nearly 300-mile stretch of Highway 17 in northwestern Ontario on Thursday as a winter storm hit the region.

The Highway 71 closure, from west of Fort Frances to Kenora, was announced Thursday evening by the Ministry of Transportation. Highway 502 from Dryden to Highway 11 east of Fort Frances was also closed Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, Highway 17 closed Thursday morning from the Manitoba border all the way to Shabaqua Corners west of Thunder Bay, a distance of 478 kilometers (297 miles). The Ministry said the road remained closed as of Thursday evening.

The Ministry reported several crashes on Highway 17 near Kenora, Dryden, and Ignace.

Winter storm and snowfall warnings were in effect for much of northwestern Ontario, while rainfall was expected in Thunder Bay.


To see the original post and more strom coverage, follow this link to the WDIO-TV website. https://www.wdio.com/weather/winter-storm-closes-300-mile-stretch-of-ontario-highway/6298097/

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