01/13/2012 09:27 EST | Updated 03/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Winter Weather Canada: Snow, Cold Temperatures Wreak Havoc In Southern Ontario

TORONTO - A blast of winter is wreaking havoc on the roads across southern and eastern Ontario.

Provincial police are on the scene of a fatal two-vehicle collision on Highway 7 west of Peterborough, where icy roads made driving hazardous.

In southwestern Ontario and around the Greater Toronto Area, police are reporting numerous weather-related collisions.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave Woodford says calls were coming in at a rate of about one a minute during the height of the morning rush.

Woodford says no serious injuries were reported in the more than 140 collisions his officers responded to on GTA highways between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.

But in the Highway 7 crash near Omemee, about 25 kilometres west of Peterborough, a man was pronounced dead at the scene after his SUV collided with a pickup truck this morning.

A serious two-vehicle collision on Highway 10 in Orangeville meant that road would be closed for several hours, provincial police said.

Highway 401 eastbound in southwestern Ontario was closed at Drumbo by a six-vehicle collision but no serious injuries were reported.

GO Transit says it's dealing with numerous weather-related delays with many routes running 20 to 30 minutes late.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement covering southern Ontario from Windsor to Kingston and north to Midland.

Forecasters say arctic air blasting into the region will generate lake effect flurries today and tonight, covering roads already slippery from overnight rains.

Areas covered by the watch are expected to get between three and 15 centimetres of snow.

Motorists are warned to be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions from blowing snow and accumulating snow on untreated roads.

(CKPT, CKLY, The Canadian Press)

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