First snow storm of the season causes chaotic morning commute

December 29, 2015 9:54 am

The first bout of winter weather has created some messy conditions on GTA streets this morning.


Broken street lights, downed hydro wires and hundreds of collisions were reported throughout the region after the first significant snowfall of the season Monday night and early Tuesday morning.


OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said there were about 300 crashes overnight.


“Vehicles (are) spinning out all over the GTA right now just because drivers are driving too fast. They aren’t driving to the conditions. For the most part, the roads are bare but they are wet and they are still slushy in some areas,” Schmidt told CP24 Tuesday morning.


“We just need to have drivers slow down and take extra time because it will take them longer to get where they are going.”


Toronto Police Const. Clint Stibbe said the number of collisions reported following the storm was about 130, a number which is actually lower than expected.


“If it had been a regular work day, that number would have been far higher,” Stibbe added.


The City of Toronto says crews were out salting and clearing roads and sidewalks overnight and operations will continue throughout the day.


A freezing rain warning previously issued for Toronto, Hamilton and parts of the GTA ended this morning but the warning remains in effect for Newmarket, northern York Region and Caledon.


The inclement weather also caused problems at Pearson International Airport. Several flights have been delayed or cancelled due to the snow and freezing rain and passengers are reminded to check their flight status ahead of time. Air Canada, Porter Airlines and Westjet have issued travel advisories for Toronto today.


Toronto Hydro says power has been restored to about 2,000 customers in the area bounded by Lawrence Avenue, Eglinton Avenue, Jane Street, and Allen Road after trees fell on hydro wires. About 1,700 customers were affected by an outage in the area of Rexdale Boulevard, Martin Grove Road, Eglinton Avenue and Centennial.


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