Heavy snow and freezing rain prompt highway closures and bus cancellations in northern Ontario
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 8:17 AM -
Parts of northern Ontario have been looking and feeling a lot more like winter this week.
Heavy snow picked up in northwestern Ontario Wednesday and continued to spread across the region throughout the day.
"Snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm have already occurred with this system and an additional 5 to 10 cm are expected today," says Environment Canada in their statement Thursday morning. "Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 centimetres will be possible by the time the snow tapers off later this morning."
The snowfall warning has ended for regions closer to the Manitoba border with lesser amounts expected there.
In addition to the heavy snow, brisk and gusty winds have accompanied the storm, greatly reducing visibilities in blowing snow.
Some places may also see a change to ice pellets and freezing rain before temperatures drop and transition back to flurries occurs, EC warns.
As a result, motorists are being advised to exercise caution on the roads as untreated surfaces could become snow covered, icy and slippery.
The stormy conditions also resulted in road closures and school bus cancellations Thursday morning.
FREEZING RAIN IN EASTERN ONTARIO
The commute in eastern Ontario may also be slick, with freezing rain warnings issued for parts of the region early Thursday.
The warning includes the City of Ottawa.
"With temperatures staying near or a few degrees below freezing, periods of freezing rain and freezing drizzle can be expected before temperatures rise to above freezing this morning," EC adds.