UPDATE: 4:30PM OPP advise that the highway is now re-opened.
Persistent lake effect snows and snow squalls has led to the closure of Highway 17 north between Highway between Hwy 563 and Wawa due to Deteriorating weather conditions says the OPP. The highway was closed at approximately 2pm Thursday.
Heavy lake effect snow has reduced visibility, causing dangerous driving conditions from Sault Ste. Marie north to the Wawa area.
OPP do not know how long the highway will be closed, though squalls are expected to come to and end within the next 6 hours.