It felt like spring outside this morning – but we’re experiencing a serious dose of winter this afternoon.
Rain, fog patches and double digit temperatures have been replaced by a sharp drop in temperatures and blowing snow.
A special weather statement has been lifted for Waterloo Region and our surrounding areas – but the conditions have left roadways slick, icy, and snow-covered.
Regional Police say they’ve had their hands full dealing with dozens of crashes, and OPP are seeing a similar story.
Westbound lanes of Highway 401 were completely shut down at Highway 8 due to a jackknifed tractor trailer and diesel spill. Two right lanes are now getting by, and OPP are expecting the left lanes to reopen shortly.
— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) January 13, 2018
Currently responding to 25 collisions across the Region. Please slow down, clean off your vehicle, turn on your lights to ensure you’re visible, leave extra space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you and drive according to the winter road conditions. #RoadSafety pic.twitter.com/lvFcQmPlre
— Waterloo Reg. Police (@WRPSToday) January 12, 2018
Motorists are reminded to use extra caution, have your full lighting system on, and expect delays.
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Conestoga River… pic.twitter.com/ZF7JDJ7ueC
— Michael Palmer (@palmerized) January 12, 2018
— Erin Anderson (@erinbailey_a) January 12, 2018