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Messy morning commute in store for parts of southern Ontario

Be prepared for a potentially slippery commute.
Be prepared for a potentially slippery commute.

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 7, 2011 — A fast moving system from the Prairies has moved into southern Ontario leaving roads slick.

Snowplows were out in full force clearing the roads.
Snowplows were out in full force clearing the roads.

Depending on where you are in southern Ontario this morning, you may be in for a messy commute. An Alberta Clipper is tracking the region, and it's leaving a trail of wintry conditions in its wake.

As of 3 a.m. Friday morning, Buttonville Airport recorded eight centimeters of snow, while Windsor saw five.

Although these aren't major accumulations, they're enough to create slush and make roads slick. During the overnight hours, snowplows and salters took to the highways to clear up any potential dangers. Despite the efforts, there were reports of several minor accidents on roadways.

Sergeant Tim Ralph with Toronto Traffic Services says that motorists need to pack plenty of patience when road conditions are slick. “Know when you're out there driving, patience isn't just a virtue, it's a requirement under the highway traffic act.”

More snowfall in the forecast for Saturday.
More snowfall in the forecast for Saturday.

For drivers around Georgian Bay, there were reports of poor visibility and snowy patches early this morning. As the clipper moves eastward, the flurries will continue for areas like Kingston. Motorists should slow down and adjust their driving to suit the wintry conditions.

Thursday evening also proved to be a nightmare for drivers with a number of accidents reported across the Greater Toronto Area. And earlier this week messy weather also shut down part of Highway 400 after a tractor trailer fish-tailed and crashed into a guard rail.

““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.

”The low pressure system will stall over the region on Friday bringing light snow to most places throughout the day,” says Dayna Vettese a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

With the lake-effect flurries continuing to stream off Georgian Bay, communities in the area could see up to 10 centimeters through Saturday. For places like Ottawa and Kingston, the stalled clipper could also dump up to 10.

Drivers are reminded to make sure their vehicle is winter-ready by keeping a snow-brush handy and topping up windshield wiper fluid.

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 Andrea Stockton.

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