March 9, 2012 — A burst of heavy snow and strong winds lead to several crashes in parts of southern Ontario Friday morning.
After record breaking mild temperatures earlier this week, a cold front that's slicing through southern Ontario lead to dangerous driving conditions early Friday.
Snow squalls combined with wind gusts up to 70 km/h developed along the cold front and conditions on the roads deteriorated quickly.
Police say drivers were caught off guard as visibilities were reduced significantly and whiteout conditions impacted the morning commute.
The Fort-Erie bound QEW at Christie Street in Grimsby was closed briefly after multiple collisions occurred.
Traffic in Hamilton was also brought to a halt due to the sudden snowy weather. A school bus in the area slid off the road, but there were no injuries reported among the students on board.
The same system brought whiteout conditions to Winnipeg on Thursday and a 10 vehicle pile-up closed down part of the Trans-Canada Highway.
The risk for snow squalls in southern Ontario will continue through the early afternoon, but conditions are expected to improve throughout the day on Friday.