The latest blast of winter weather has city crews out in full force clearing roads, but officials are asking drivers to be patient.
Environment Canada says Friday night’s wallop of snow may give way to a bit of rain or freezing rain Saturday.
The national weather service issued a special weather statement for Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin, Lambton and Essex counties on Saturday morning, saying the snowfall will “gradually wind down” Saturday morning, but city crews have been on the snow removal since the wee hours of Friday morning.
City of London Division Manager of Transportation Operations John Parsons told AM980 they’ve finished plowing the main streets, and are now onto residential roads.
“We started those around 2 o’clock in the morning and that will continue throughout the day. We also have our sidewalk plows out, they started at 5 a.m. and they are going to make their way throughout the day as well.”
Local 400 series highways are clear, however. Broadcasting live on Periscope in Delaware Saturday morning, Sergeant Dave Rektor with West Region OPP said highways are wide open on all levels, “All the major highways are moving okay, some snow covered and slippery spots, but most people are getting the message about slowing down. Remember, when you see snow, go slow.”
“There was lots of snow falling overnight, so that does make it complicated. Be careful on those secondary roads, with the plows out and about, they are trying to clear things up for us, so just try and be patient, it’s Saturday, have some fun in the snow today.”
Parsons echoes that call for patience. “We did have a lot of snow throughout the night, so you do have to have to give us some time to get around there. What really helps us is not to park your car on the road, because that helps us get closer to the curb. We do know that it’s a very busy shopping day for people, so our plows are out there in the shopping traffic, so give us some space, when we are trying to make it around corners and things like that.”
Forecasters say the precipitation will change back to a “little snow or freezing rain” by Saturday night.
“If we see the main roads starting to get slick again, we’ll apply lots of salt to clean those up. On the back streets, once we have those plowed, to help with some of the traction, we’ll be putting down sand at intersections to help with those curves and hill,” Parsons said.