Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
December 7, 2010 — Snow squalls have been blowing across much of Ontario over the past couple of days, but the city of London has been hit especially hard.
Three days and counting. People in London, Ontario are trying to cope with one of their worst snow storms in decades.
Squalls have been directly targeting the city since Sunday. As a result, more than 80 cm of snow has fallen locally - and there's still more to come.
“We could easily see another 35 cm or more of additional snowfall in and around London through Wednesday,” says Brian Owsiak, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “That means another day of digging out and tricky driving conditions.”
In some parts of the city, residents have been completely snowed in and are unable to get their cars off the driveway. Schools were closed right across the London region again Tuesday morning, as were classes at the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College.
In nearby Lucan, a staggering 114 cm of snow has fallen so far.
Sergeant Dave Rektor with the Ontario Provincial Police said conditions on the roads Monday were “extremely dicey.” He says, “the London area has been hit really hard with snowstorms all day long. Ever since I was on the road since 4 am this morning, we've had whiteout conditions, blowing snow and drifting snow making travel throughout the London area and just on the outskirts extremely treacherous.”
O.P.P. have responded to more than 300 calls about accidents since Sunday. On Sunday night, westbound lanes of Highway 401 in London were closed on Sunday evening because of “multiple collisions,” according to the Ontario's Ministry of Transportation. Around the same time, between 15 and 20 cm of snow fell in the London area in just a four-hour period.
When it comes to clearing and snow removal, the City of London says it is ready to go. Salt trucks and plows have been deployed. The City’s complete fleet of snow removal vehicles includes 62 plows, 25 salter/sander trucks and 33 sidewalk units. Officials are asking Londoners to assist by ensuring that any remaining bags of leaves in the south half of the city are placed where they will not be buried.
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. Kelly Noseworthy is also broadcasting live from London, Ontario today.
Wondering what to expect this winter? Check out The Weather Network's Winter Outlook 2010 / 2011.
With files from Andrea Stockton