Monday, December 2nd 2019, 11:00 am - Travel was treacherous across southern Ontario on Sunday amid widespread freezing rain, ice pellets, and heavy snow.
Freezing rain warnings wound down across southwestern Ontario Sunday afternoon. Still, the damage had already been done after 10+ hours of icy precipitation left a thick glaze over much of the region and made for dangerous travel conditions. Farther east, snowfall warnings lingered into the evening along the eastern end of Lake Ontario, where a massive pileup closed Highway 401 and left at least one person dead.
After being stuck on the 401 westbound Kingston for 2.5 hours, OPP has turned the entire 2 lanes around to escort us back to an exit. Stay safe. DO NOT DRIVE IN THIS. #hwy401 #ONstorm #30carPileUpLeeLee on Twitter
Ontario Provincial Police said the wreck happened around 2:30 p.m. near Kingston, amid heavy snow. In a statement to CBC News, Kingston General Hospital reported 15 to 20 people had been transported to the hospital, "most of whom have non-life-threatening injuries." Police also raised their initial estimate on the number of vehicles involved, saying as many as 30 to 40 were caught in the wreck.
The OPP has confirmed at least one person died in the pileup. Local media reported police were moving stranded travellers off the highway using Kingston Transit buses. The highway re-opened by about 4:30 on Monday morning after being closed for much of the night on Sunday, with the cause of Sunday's crash under investigation.
The @OPP_ER has identified the deceased of the multi-vehicle collision on #hwy401 in Kingston as Matthew Robert Jamieson, 33 year old from Nova Scotia. @CBCAlertsFrédéric Pepin on Twitter
At least two others have died on the roads amid Sunday's foul weather. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said on Twitter a fatal crash on the eastbound QEW in the Jordan Road area of the Niagara region Sunday morning, amid freezing rain, killed one woman. Schmidt also said there had been "about 500 crashes in the GTA in the past 24 hours."
Chatham OPP also reported an early-morning fatal crash on the 401 near Orford Road.
Freezing rain fell atop a layer of ice pellets for parts of the Golden Horseshoe, leaving untreated roads and walkways treacherous. In the skies, Pearson Airport reported at least a quarter of flights are delayed, with several arrivals and departures cancelled outright. Across the province, approximately 80,000 Hydro One customers were without power at the height of the storm, as ice-laden tree branches came down on power lines. Mississauga, Burlington, and some other municipalities cancelled Santa Claus parades that had been scheduled for Sunday.
STRANDED DRIVERS ON HIGHWAY 401 NEAR KINGSTON SUNDAY
Very dangerous driving behaviour on #Hwy403 this morning. Drivers going the wrong way into oncoming traffic through a construction zone. This is very confusing for other motorists and could have resulted in serious collisions😖 https://t.co/CkwiEfAK1FSgt Kerry Schmidt on Twitter
In Clappisons Corners checking out the ice accretion. It's more than I expected and it's still coming. @weathernetwork #onwx https://t.co/CX38w5aB1tMark Robinson on Twitter
So glad I decided to stay in today! Crazy how devastating yet beautiful ice can be! #HamOnt #ONStorm #icestorm @CBCHamiltonIvan Quach on Twitter
QEW webcam in St Catharines gives you a good idea what it's like out there this morning. 2 serious collisions on QEW in #Niagara region already this morning. Very treacherous travel conditions due to freezing rain! #OnstormNiagara Weather on Twitter
Ice #ONStormBruce Lapeaudouce on Twitter
When you roll down the window and the ice has formed... another window. Video taken by former colleague Gord Barnett in St. Mary's today. #onstorm https://t.co/nwKmQ4G6qJAngelina King on Twitter
Tree down on the way to work this morning #Kitchener #ONStormJaner on Twitter
Please ensure you take precautions when commuting and walking today. It's icy out! #ONStorm #icy #SundayMorning #SafetyFirstWaterloo Regional REACT on Twitter
onstorm @stormwx1Steve on Twitter
About 3 mm of ice accretion so far in Londontario due to the freezing rain - and with this wind tree branches are going to start coming down. Radar suggests a couple more bands in the next few hours and that will hopefully be it. Welcome to #MeteorologicalWinter! #ldnont #onstormDave Sills on Twitter
Just an example of some of the ice accumulation here at London Airport #onstormPaul Colyn on Twitter
Freezing rain and icicles in #Waterdown #ONStorm @weathernetworkJoel Guerin on Twitter
Normally I'd be looking out at Buffalo and the Upper Niagara. Not today #freezingrain #ONStorm @LakeErieNorth @NOAA_GLERLDenis Kreze on Twitter