News Keep an eye on this special weather statement if you are planning to travel this week SHARE ON: Stu Campaigne, staff Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 2019 Photo supplied Right now it’s just a special weather statement for now but it’s worth keeping an eye on. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement in effect for West Nipissing, North Bay, Powassan, Mattawa and French River. The national meteorological service says a period of ice pellets and freezing rain is expected to begin around midday Thursday and continue through the evening hours. Ice pellet and freezing rain amounts will vary widely. Hazardous winter travelling conditions are expected Thursday through Friday morning. Motorists should exercise caution and expect longer travel times. Environment Canada will continue to monitor this developing situation closely. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.