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Ice coats roads, sidewalks in southern Ontario

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

January 20, 2011 — A combination of rain and plunging temperatures made for some icy roads and sidewalks in Ontario both Wednesday and Thursday morning. Residents pitch in to help salt roads and walkways.

Watch out for icy roads and sidewalks in southern Ontario today
Watch out for icy roads and sidewalks in southern Ontario today

Drivers and pedestrians across southern Ontario have had to deal with a couple of slippery mornings this week.

The region was hit with freezing drizzle on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. As a result, some roads and sidewalks were left coated in ice.

“The city of Toronto reached a daytime high of 3°C on Tuesday, but the temperature has been dropping ever since. That's resulted in freezing,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Some short-haul flights were cancelled at Toronto's Pearson Wednesday morning, while several vehicle accidents were reported throughout the Greater Toronto Area. The Canadian Automobile Association received at least 500 calls through the morning hours alone.

Several accidents were reported in the GTA
Several accidents were reported in the GTA

While salters and even residents have been out on roadways and sidewalks, slick conditions are still anticipated in some communities.

“Untreated sidewalks and roads will remain icy,” says Patrick Cool, another meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “Temperatures will remain below seasonal throughout much of the province over the next couple of days. Some places will even see some flurries through the overnight hours on Thursday,” notes Cool.

The same system that brought freezing rain and slippery conditions to Ontario, hit parts of the U.S. earlier this week. In Pittsburgh, a hill in a residential area became extremely dangerous after ice coated the road. A multi-vehicle accident was reported.

For more weather details, 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 and bottom of every hour.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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