After being closed for over 12 hours the Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed Highway 17 is now reopened in both directions. 

The highway was closed due to poor driving conditions, limited visibility, and heavy snowfall. 

Highways 71, and 502 have also reopened as well. 

Northwestern Ontario faced its first major snowfall of the season as almost 30 cms of snow fell in the last two days in the Kenora area. 

The OPP is advising motorists to drive cautiously - and are also encouraged to stay home if travel isn't necessary. 

You can check the current road conditions on the Fix Auto Road Report page.

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