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Snow, freezing rain and falling temperatures combine for treacherous roads

THUNDER BAY -- Motorists are being advised to drive with caution as slippery roads are expected to only get worse as temperatures drop.
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A transport truck crashes and ended up in Strawberry Creek off Highway 102 Saturday afternoon. (Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com)

THUNDER BAY -- Motorists are being advised to drive with caution as slippery roads are expected to only get worse as temperatures drop.

The city of Thunder Bay had been under a special weather statement from Environment Canada for much of Saturday, with the national weather service forecasting a winter storm heading for Northwestern Ontario.

Mild temperatures throughout much of the early afternoon resulted in freezing rain and ice pellets, with colder temperatures and between five to 10 centimetres of snow expected starting in the evening and continuing into Sunday.

That mix of precipitation is causing treacherous road conditions throughout most of the region.

It resulted in at least one transport ending up in a collision, when the vehicle left Highway 102 and tumbled down the side of the road before ending up in Strawberry Creek.

Conditions were also adverse on the north shore where the OPP reported multiple vehicles getting stuck on Jackfish Hill east of Terrace Bay.

Thunder Bay Police Service officials said they responded to multiple collisions in the morning but that the afternoon had been relatively quiet.