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Rain, snow and a 'hard freeze' expected today

A mixed bag of weather on the way
Freezing rain on car
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Special weather statement in effect for:
    •    Elliot Lake - Ranger Lake
    •    Blind River - Thessalon
    •    Espanola - Killarney
    •    Manitoulin Island

Significant January thaw with fog and rain today. Rain changing to snow tonight with a hard freeze.

With the mild temperatures over the existing snowpack, dense fog patches are likely across much of northeastern Ontario today. Visibility may occasionally be reduced to near zero.

Periods of rain are also expected, particularly later this afternoon and into tonight. Average rainfall amounts are likely to be below the winter rainfall warning criteria of 25 mm in 24 hours. However, the criteria may be approached or reached in some places. Environment Canada will monitor this situation closely.

A very strong cold front will cross Northeastern Ontario tonight. The front will reach the eastern shore of Lake Superior early this evening and track eastward through the night reaching the North Bay area a few hours before dawn.

Following the passage of the front, rain will change to snow and there will be a hard freeze as temperatures plummet. There may also be brief freezing rain during the changeover.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ONStorm.