Provincial police are warning motorists to stay off roadways and avoid unnecessary travel in the region Thursday morning due to poor road conditions.
Police have responded to multiple reports of vehicles in the ditch and at least two collisions, one involving an OPP cruiser near Vanastra. No injuries have been reported, but in an effort to avoid further collisions, several roads have been shut.
As of 2:30 p.m., Huron County OPP has closed the following roadways:
- Bluewater Veterans Highway (Highway 21) from Amberley to Bayfield
- Huron Road (Highway 8) from Goderich to Dublin
- London Road (Highway 4) from Exeter to Clinton
- London Road (County 4) from Clinton to Wingham
- Mill Road (County 3) from Bayfield to Brucefield
- Blyth Road (County #25) from Bluewater Veteran’s Highway to Perth County
- Lucknow Line (County 1) from Carlow to Lucknow
- Base Line (County 8) from Auburn to Clinton
- Amberley Road (County 86) from Bluewater Veteran’s Highway through to Molesworth
- Harriston Road (County 87) from Bluevale to Harriston
Meanwhile, all county roads Wellington County have been closed until further notice. Hwy 6 is also closed from Guelph to Mount Forest and snow plows have been pulled from the road due to reduced visibility. Anyone needing emergency shelter is asked to head to the Alma Community Centre or Community Sportsplex in Fergus.
In Perth County, the following roadways are closed:
- All roadways in Perth South
- All roadways in North Perth
- All roadways in Perth East
- All county roadways maintained by the County of Perth
- All of Hwy 23 in Perth County
- Huron Rd/Hwy 8 from Dublin to Stratford
- Highway 7/8 from Stratford to Kitchener-Waterloo
Outside of those counties, OPP have also closed 14th Line in Oxford County and 16th Line in East Zorra Tavistock.
Police say attempting to drive on these roadways is currently hazardous and should not be attempted, do not jeopardize your safety by driving on these roadways.
Officers warn that motorists should also be aware that other roadways, such as local municipal roadways, may not be suitable for travel and motorists should exercise good judgement and avoid all unnecessary travel until the conditions improve.
Driving on a closed roadway may result in a $110 fine and 3 demerit points if convicted.
Police encourage motorists to check weather and road conditions ahead of travelling by calling 511 or checking online. Citizens are being asked not to call the OPP Provincial Communications Centre for road and weather conditions, and they will not provide this information.
There is no word on when the roads are expected to be cleared and re-opened.
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