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Roads deteriorate across southern Ontario

Slow commute in Brampton on Thursday evening
Slow commute in Brampton on Thursday evening

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

January 6, 2011 — It was a slow evening commute across southern Ontario Thursday as another Alberta clipper moved through.

Clipper brings snow to southern Ontario
Clipper brings snow to southern Ontario

Drivers in southern Ontario were faced with another messy commute Thursday, just a day after wintery conditions closed a major highway.

On Wednesday, motorists north of Toronto got a slow start to the day. Heavy snow that accumulated through the overnight hours lead to poor visibility along Highway 400, near Bradford. Parts of the highway were completely shut down for several hours after a tractor trailer fish-tailed and took out more than 100 metres of the guard rail during the early morning hours.

“We tell people everyday that you have to drive to the conditions. And the conditions weren't that great out there. We were seeing snow and slush on the roads and you can't be travelling at normal speeds,” says Sergeant Dave Woodford with the Ontario Provincial Police.

Snow tapers to flurries on Friday
Snow tapers to flurries on Friday

While the snow squalls streaming off of Georgian Bay didn't quite reach Toronto on Wednesday, the GTA could see up to 5 cm of snow through Friday.

“Another Alberta clipper is moving through the region with flurries persisting through Friday,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “And that means drivers could face a messy commute Thursday and into Friday morning as well.”

Areas north of Toronto including Barrie and Sudbury could see up to 15 cm of snow through Saturday.

“The low pressure system will stall over the region on Friday bringing light snow to most places throughout the day,” says Vettese.

For a closer look at the road conditions in your area, be sure to head to the Highway Conditions map. You can also receive updates to your cell phone, which could help keep you prepared through the stormy weather.

With files from Lisa Varano

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