With the storm that Southern Ontarians has been experiencing, the roads throughout the province have gotten pretty messy. Snow, ice pellets and even rain have resulted in slushy and icy driving conditions that have left many drivers panicked. Since this morning multiple collisions have been recorded throughout the GTA and Ontarians just aren't able to handle driving in the snow.
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for a majority of Southern Ontario that is bringing hazardous winter conditions. With snow and ice pellets expected to reach up to 15 cm in the GTA, and wind gusts of 70 km/hr causing massive whiteouts, the driving conditions throughout the area are messy and dangerous.
Ontario Police have been warning drivers to slow down and drive safely all day in attempts to reduce the number of accidents that will occur throughout the day. The OPP even encouraged drivers to cancel non-essential travel throughout the storm.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt has stated that "the roads are treacherous," and "if you have to travel today, we don't recommend it. We would rather see people staying at home and having a workday from home if possible,".
However, despite their efforts of keeping people off the roads, the OPP has been hard at work attending collisions throughout the province all day today, especially in the GTA.
Schmidt has even stated that the number of collisions piling up in the GTA has become so bad that 30 collisions were being responded to by OPP officials at the exact same time.
Multiple highway closures occurred throughout the day as police waited for tow trucks to clear the scenes. Highway 400 Northbound was closed for a majority of the morning after a serious car collision occurred in the early AM.
Throughout his travels today, Sgt. Kerry Schmidt has posted multiple videos and photos to showcase just how bad these road conditions and collisions have gotten throughout the day.
The OPP are warning drivers that if they must venture out today to make sure their headlights are on, both hands are on the wheel and that you drive slow and give yourself enough space behind the car in front you.
Stay safe tonight Toronto!