TORONTO'S FIRST SNOWSTORM CAUSES HEADACHES TO MOTORISTS
[PHOTO -Snow hits the GTA, flights cancelled.]
TORONTO, DECEMBER 27, 2012 (THE STAR) Sarah Taguiam Staff Reporter - About 10 cm. of snow has fallen on the city by early Thursday morning – the biggest snowfall recorded for the area since March 2011, The Weather Network said.
Due to slippery weather conditions and reduced visibility, the Gardiner Expressway and Hwy. 401 have been the scene of multiple vehicle collisions overnight.
The OPP, however, said that the collisions were minor and mostly involved single vehicles.
“There are multiple minor collisions and cars spinning out because of people not slowing down and travelling at excessive speeds for the winter conditions,” said. Const. Linda Wolf.
There have been no reports of serious injuries or damages, she said.
[PHOTO -The snow began in earnest around 8 p.m. in the city's west end as traffic heads eastbound from the city along the Gardiner Expressway, Wednesday December 26, 2012.]
The OPP advise motorists to drive with extreme caution by slowing down and giving themselves extra time to reach their destinations.
So far, there has been a decrease of traffic on the roads due to the holidays, Wolf added.
CAA South Central Ontario reported receiving 500 calls for service. They said wait times range from 45-60 minutes.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed out of U.S. airports and several departures had been cancelled by early Thursday at Pearson International Airport in Toronto and at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport.
Travellers were urged to call ahead to check on their flight status before heading to the airports.
The snow is predicted to continue falling until 11 a.m. Thursday.
Kingston and Brockville have already seen between 25-30 cm. of snow, The Weather Network reported.
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