Our Roads: February Recap
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.”
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.
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!
Dangerous for trucks.. East coast storm brought ice, slush to major hwys- caused several tractor-trailers to flip. pic.twitter.com/4DW9BkYwSU— Brian Todd (@BrianToddCNN) February 13, 2014
And it’s not always a full blown storm that halts traffic. Dustings of snow cause everyone to hit the brakes too.
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!
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.
Heads up ! Snow squalls are creating terrible road conditions outside of the #GTA ! 400 SB shut down at Mapleview due to a 60 car pile up— Rachel Schoutsen (@RachelBTT) February 27, 2014
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.
OPP -stranded motorists urged to stay inside vehicle with 4-ways on. OPP are responding to many calls. Expect delays, We are responding.— OPP West (@OPP_WR) February 27, 2014
Squalls were problematic on the 401, QEW and 400. Side streets in the area were also experiencing zero visibility.
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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