Andrea Stockton, staff writer
December 10, 2010 — A major system blasted London for several days earlier this week, bringing nearly 100 cm of snow to the city. Clean-up efforts continue across the region.
The city of London was walloped for several days earlier this week and some describe it as one of the worst storms in decades.
Over 95 cm has fallen locally, which has had city crews and officials working non-stop. Getting around the city was next to impossible at one point, especially since London Transit suspended its services.
“We called an end to service at 3 o'clock [Tuesday],” says Larry Ducharme, General Manager with London Transit. And buses stayed off the roads throughout the day on Wednesday as well.
Schools were closed right across the London region on Wednesday, and classes and exams at the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College were cancelled. Classes resumed and schools re-opened by Thursday.
Although the snow squalls have eased, roads remain slushy and slippery. The Ontario Provincial Police are warning drivers to remain alert and continue to exercise precaution when travelling. On Wednesday morning, O.P.P. were called to a massive pileup on the 401 near Woodstock, Ontario.
“What this storm did, is remind us that we need to be prepared for when the weather turns nasty,” says Inspector Mark Wright, with the Western Region O.P.P. “It's safe to say that this storm caught many drivers off guard. Our officers investigated a total of 512 motor vehicle collisions since the onset of this storm.”
The treacherous conditions tempted London's Mayor Joe Fontana to call a state of emergency on Tuesday, but instead he requested that residents stay home and employers limit their services. He says this will be a storm that's remembered for bringing people together.
“I was really proud of our young people and those we asked to stay home to knock on doors to do a little shovelling to help their neighbours to deliver medicine and some food.” Fontana says the effort from residents and surrounding communities is what has helped to get them through.
Snow has stopped falling in most parts of the city, but the break from the stormy conditions will be brief. “A clipper that's moving in from the Prairies could bring an additional few centimetres to the city on Friday,” says Gerald Cheng a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.
Forecasters are also keeping their eye on a major storm moving in from the United States. It could bring more snow to parts of Ontario and Quebec on Sunday.
December 7 holds some significance when it comes to snow storms in London. The last time the city was hit with this much snow was December 7, 2006. The highest 24-hour snow fall ever recorded in London was December 7, 1977.
London is a city in southwestern Ontario, located about 191 km west of Toronto.
To stay up-to-date on the current weather conditions in London, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top of bottom of every hour.
Wondering what to expect this winter? Check out The Weather Network's Winter Outlook 2010 / 2011.
With files from Lyndsay Morrison