Watch out London–heavy snowfall isn’t just in the rear view mirror.
City crews are bracing for a sloppy morning commute Tuesday, with Environment Canada issuing a winter weather travel advisory.
Forecasters are calling for roughly 10 centimetres of snowfall starting around midnight and carrying into Tuesday mixing with rain in the late morning.
That means snow removal crews will be on the roads at just the wrong time for commuters, according to the City of London’s Transportation and Roadside Operations Manager John Parsons.
“We do ask that people just be patient. Our ploughs will be in traffic with everyone else, and it’ll be a slower process tomorrow as we move forward,” he said.
Parsons reminds drivers that parking permits on city streets are suspended until the snow system ends, and parking in driveways rather than on the road can help make the cleanup faster.
Unfortunately with a mixture of rain in the forecast, Parsons says it won’t be an easy morning for homeowners.
“As we’re pushing snow off the road into drive ways — it could be a wet, heavy, slushy mix — and that’s always difficult to remove when you’re hand shovelling it,” said Parsons.
OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor says people should factor more time for their morning routine, to make sure vehicles are completely cleared of snow with 360 degree visibility through windows, and to prevent being slapped with a $110 fine.
“A couple years ago we tweeted out a traffic stop in Brussels, Ont., just north of London. A senior citizen was driving with his car completely covered with about a foot-and-a-half of snow. He had about a 12 inch window clearing, that was about it. He was ticketed,” said Rektor, adding it’s frustrating to see preventable crashes.
“It’s the logical things like slowing down in a snow storm that are causing issues on our highways. People not making sure their vehicle windows are clear, people tail-gaiting, people just making one mistake after another, oblivious to the road and weather conditions, driving like they own the road. It’s frustrating from our perspective when you see people injured or worse yet killed in preventable collisions.”
Rektor said if people simply slowed down during inclement weather, crashes like the 100 car pile-up on the 401 east of Toronto over the weekend could be avoided.