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Winter weather closes highways in Kenora area

OPP say Highway 17 from Kenora to the Manitoba border and Highway 71 between Kenora and Fort Frances have been closed because of deteriorating conditions.

KENORA – Highway 17 has been closed by police from the Manitoba border east to Vermillion Bay because of deteriorating weather conditions.

Highway 71 between Kenora and Fort Frances has also been closed because of snowy weather.

Police, in a release issued on Monday afternoon, said they don’t recommend travelling on other highways in the area.

There’s no indication how long the closures will be in place.

The OPP also released some winter safety and driving tips.

Prepare your vehicle

  • Have your vehicle serviced in preparation for the winter season
  • Have an ice scraper / snow brush in your vehicle to ensure the entire windshield and headlights are clear of ice/snow
  • Fill your windshield washer fluid reservoir and have extra available
  • Check your headlights to ensure they are working and free of snow
  • Clean your windshield and have wiper blades checked, replace if necessary
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle that includes blankets, flashlight, candle and some food / drinks

Adjust your driving

Slow down and drive according to weather conditions, speed is the number one cause of winter collisions

  • Be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. Blowing snow may suddenly reduce visibility, and gusting winds can cause ice to form quickly
  • When travelling in an unfamiliar area, keep track of signs and landmarks in case you need to call for help in an emergency situation
  • Monitor road and weather conditions. Check the forecast and road conditions before you leave for your destination. If conditions are poor, consider delaying your trip until conditions improve

Leith Dunick

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A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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