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A Sheet Of Ice Causes Travel Chaos

March 2, 2010 — The sun was shining in the GTA yesterday and as a result, ice melted and caused problems on the road. Here's OPP Sergeant Dave Woodford with the details about the morning auto accident.

Just when Torontonians thought they were in the clear, the region got blasted with the worst storm of the year last week. And it certainly caught people off guard.

On Friday, just under 10 centimetres of snow was recorded at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

That seems pretty significant considering just over 50 centimetres of snow has fallen in the city so far this winter. The average amount by this time of year is usually over 100 centimetres. And so, it looks like Toronto is still on track for the least snowy winter on record.

Now as a new week AND month begin, so does a new weather pattern.

The sun was out in full force yesterday and it looks like it will be sticking around all week long. Although this comes as good news for the people counting the days until spring. Unfortunately, it also comes with a set of safety problems on the roads.

Late yesterday morning, a crash was reported on the eastbound 401 close to Dixon Road. With the milder temperatures, ice loosened off the top of a big rig and caused multiple vehicles to swerve.

Sergeant Dave Woodford is with the Ontario Provincial Police and was at the scene. He explains the details of the crash.

'What happened was, it did come off a truck and struck a vehicle. The vehicle lost control, hit the second vehicle and as a result another truck tried to avoid hitting them, swerved to miss it and ended up on its side and caused a complete shut down for about three quarters of an hour.'

Sergeant Woodford says it's important to check your vehicle for any snow or ice before heading out, especially on a warm day after a significant storm.

'With these mild weather conditions, if there's any snow you've got to make sure it's cleared off the roof because it's going to melt and come flying off,' explains Woodford.

For the latest details on how much temperatures will be warming up this week, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your regional forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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