At 2:13 p.m. OPP issued a press release stating that Highway 17 was closed from Wawa to Batchawana Bay (Hwy 563) due to deteriorating weather conditions. There is no estimated time of opening. Motorists can take Hwy 101 (Chapleau), and Hwy 129 (Thessalon) to rejoin Hwy 17 east of Sault Ste. Marie.
At 1:30 p.m. Environment Canada issued the following weather advisory for St. Joseph Island to Montreal River Harbour.
2:08 p.m. – Highway 17 is closed at Pinewood Drive preventing travel to Sault Ste. Marie. The OPP are currently preventing any travel southbound. There has not been any press release yet to confirm why the highway is closed, and where the other end is.
There is no confirming information available on twitter or Ontario511, but OPP are preventing any travel south.