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Southern Ontario snow: Dufferin county declares a state of emergency

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 3:05 PM -

Snow squalls are blasting southern Ontario, prompting officials in Dufferin county, about 80 km northwest of Toronto, to seek help from other municipalities.

Continuous white out conditions have made a mess of roads, resulting in numerous collisions and traffic delays.

Dufferin county made the declaration for the City of Orangeville around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The public is being asked to limit travel in the area due to the extreme winter weather.

"We have a number of roads closed and the resources are getting tapped out," county Clerk Pam Hillock told

"We're going to be asking for help from other municipalities."

The country is requesting extra road crews and additional police officers.

Hillock added there is some concern with the evening commute, as some school buses may be unable to get children home due to snow-covered roads.

 "We're working with the school board for that as well," she said.

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Earlier today, police closed Highway 401 in both directions near Napanee after roughly 20 vehicles were involved in a pileup.

Officials say about six people were taken to hospital.

According to Napanee Fire Chief Terry Gervais, the accident scene was spread over about half a kilometre and may have been two chain-reaction crashes.

A series of storms are impacting southern Ontario this week, with the potential for more snow next week.

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