A special weather statement has been issued by Environment Canada for North Bay, Powassan, Mattawa, West Nipissing and French River.

The weather agency advises that there is potential for some freezing rain beginning this afternoon.

While the latest analysis suggests that any freezing rain occurring this afternoon and this evening will be rather light and patchy, the area will continue to be monitored for potential freezing rain. Warnings will be issued as necessary.

Environment Canada says patchy freezing drizzle is occurring and more wintry precipitation including snow, ice pellets and a risk of freezing rain, is expected this afternoon into this evening before tapering off.