Spring snowfall causes power outages, crashes in central Ont.
Published Friday, April 7, 2017 11:28AM EDT Last Updated Friday, April 7, 2017 6:37PM EDT
The power was out for thousands of people, as central Ontario dug out from a spring snowfall.
Hydro One reported power outages for thousands of people around Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay. Restoration times for most people were slated for late Friday afternoon.
Environment Canada says about 12 centimetres of snow fell in the Barrie area overnight, as temperatures dipped during yesterday’s drizzle. Reports also show that 14 centimetres fell in Aurora, 12 in Haliburton and 27 in Algonquin Park.
A rainfall warning also cautioned of wind gusts of up to 70 km/h for the region.
All weather warnings have officially come to an end. Despite the snow, Environment Canada says the region did receive a good amount of rain. Borden saw 22 millimetres fall between Wednesday night and Friday.
Poor visibility and snowy roads caused some crashes during the Friday morning commute. No serious injuries have been reported.
“The transport truck was on its side in the ditch. The driver was still in the vehicle and with the assistance of some firefighters we got him into an OPP cruiser where he was taken care of,” says Capt. Chris Watson.
County Road 109 between the 10th Line, County Road 24 and the 9th Line was closed in the Orangeville area because of blowing snow.
“I hope this is the last of it, but if we could just have everyone go slow and take their time--don't be in a rush and if you don't need to be out on the roads please stay in,” says Const. Lisa Cruz.
The snow also forced officials to cancel school buses in Dufferin County, Grey County, Parry Sound and in the Trillium Lakelands district.