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Our Roads: February Recap


By Rachel Schoutsen
Presenter, Beat the Traffic
@RachelBTT
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 12:01 PM

We started off February, you guessed it, in Storm Watch!

It was another weekend of winter driving for Southern Ontario. We had such great practice in January, so why not start off February in the same manner!

Drivers in Southern Ontario dealt with a dicey drive into work during the first week of the month. On February 5th no one was going anywhere fast. Travel times easily doubled and tripled because of non-stop snow fall.

Meteorologist Brian Dillon, commented that the snow storm on the 5th was the biggest dumping of snow we have seen this winter at Toronto Pearson, totaling 14 cm.

In a news release Ontario Provincial Police commented, “Dozens of crashes involving hundreds of motor vehicles, including numerous tractor trailers, occurred in various parts of southern Ontario.” With the amount of crashes seen during the February 5th storm OPP were disappointed, “Yesterday’s storm was forecasted by meteorologists and gave motorists ample time to prepare or make alternative plans where non-essential travel was involved, so there is no valid excuse for the mayhem and the resulting injuries we saw on our highways and roads again yesterday.”

All hands on desk in the BTT studio. Adding incidents to our map on Feb 5th!

All hands on desk in the BTT studio. Adding incidents to our map on Feb 5th!

The 401 from Cobourg to Trenton was no stranger to multi vehicle pile ups this month.

Check out this video of bad road conditions and a truck into the guard rail.

And the 401 heading through the 6’s continued to be a trouble spot for drivers.

Over turned truck 401 at the 6’s. Taken by Chris Dunbrook

Over turned truck 401 at the 6’s. Taken by Chris Dunbrook

A snow rain mix also snarled traffic in mid-February. This system, on the 20th, hit right at rush hour. Snow to start and rain to end. Travel times were extended as motorists coped with sloppy roads, filled with ice, water and snow.

February brought its driving challenges! Especially in British Columbia where 120 KM of the Coquihalla Highway was closed after an avalanche covered the highway on the 21st. Thankfully no one was trapped or injured as the snow covered this major route.

State side also saw more unusual winter storms that snarled traffic!

And it’s not always a full blown storm that halts traffic. Dustings of snow cause everyone to hit the brakes too.

Thanks Keerstin Pettifer for sending this photo of traffic delays on the 404

Thanks Keerstin Pettifer for sending this photo of traffic delays on the 404

February 23 was also a morning to remember! It was one of the lightest commutes we have even seen in our BTT studios. Why is that? Gold medal game! No one wanted to be driving, we were all watching hockey!

Empty roads right across Canada on Feb 23 as everyone tuned into the early morning hockey game in Sochi.

Empty roads right across Canada on Feb 23 as everyone tuned into the early morning hockey game in Sochi.

To end off the month snow squalls were a huge issue for southern Ontario. A 96 vehicle pileup occurred on the 400 in Barrie during the whiteout conditions.

Pile up on the 400, Feb 27 by Jeremy Gaudet

Pile up on the 400, Feb 27 by Jeremy Gaudet

Areas around the Niagara / Buffalo border saw road conditions deteriorate through the morning due to squalls. They were very isolated in nature. This photo is the same highway just 100 KM apart.

Squalls were problematic on the 401, QEW and 400. Side streets in the area were also experiencing zero visibility.

Amanda Hall, HWY 21 on Feb 27 near Forest ON.

Amanda Hall, HWY 21 on Feb 27 near Forest ON.

Canadians, we are doing it! Making it through winter and all the cold and snow it brings to our everyday commutes. Check back next month as we recap March!


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