A special weather statement is in effect for Kapuskasing, Hearst and Smooth Rock Falls regarding freezing rain.

Environment Canada put out the statement late Thursday saying there was the potential for freezing rain to begin Friday afternoon.

The weather agency says patchy freezing drizzle would occur along with more precipitation, including snow and ice pellets throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Environment Canada says their latest analysis says the freezing rain occurring this afternoon will be light and patchy.

However, the weather agency is still asking that motorists be prepared for potentially icy road conditions and adjust their travel plans accordingly.