NEWS

Snow squall warning lifted for Toronto

01/19/2012 02:22 EST | Updated 03/20/2012 05:12 EDT

A snow squall warning has ended for Toronto on a day when OPP officers were kept busy responding to dozens of collisions across southwestern Ontario.

Earlier Thursday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement warning drivers to be wary of reduced visibility and poor driving conditions.

The incoming band of snow hit Toronto in the early afternoon and passed through within a few hours.

Toronto police sent out a Twitter message advising drivers to slow down, leave extra space and to stay alert as the snow came down.

The OPP reported single- and multi-vehicle collisions on many highways throughout the Greater Toronto Area, including numerous crashes that left vehicles strewn in ditches and on the side of the road.

CBC meteorologist Nick Czernkovich said that while Toronto did not receive a lot of snow on Thursday, the storm system’s accompanying wind gusts were what made the roads so messy for drivers.

Late in the afternoon, the bands of snow were moving through the Cobourg, Brighton and Belleville areas, moving farther into eastern Ontario.

Czernkovich said Toronto is likely to see another two to four centimetres of snow by Saturday morning.

While the OPP reported few injuries in the Toronto area, two people were killed in a series of collisions that occurred east of Sarnia.

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