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City prepares for 'major winter storm'

A significant weather event has been declared, Northern College announces campus closures
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With Environment Canada predicting a major winter storm will hit the area, the city is preparing. 

The City of Timmins has declared a significant weather event and a local college has already announced its campus will be closed tomorrow (March 17).

Right now, Environment Canada's winter storm warning is for Timmins, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Little Abitibi and Kesagami Lake. 

Ahead of the "main event", snow is expected to start today (March 16). Overnight it's expected to snow heavily at times with local blowing snow, which would last into Saturday and taper off in the evening. The total snowfall could be 30 to 50 centimetres.

Because snow may quickly accumulate and reduce visibility, significant travel delays and road closures are likely.

The City of Timmins is anticipating there will be delays in plowing some city streets and most sidewalks. 

"City resources will be deployed when deemed appropriate," reads a City of Timmins news release. 

The storm may also impact Timmins Transit. Those delays or cancellations will be shared on and the city's social media. 

The winter parking ban preventing on-street parking from 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. remains in effect. 

At Northern College, the Timmins and Kirkland Lake campuses will be closed tomorrow except for daycare and maintenance staff.