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OPP, Environment Canada urge caution due to blowing snow

Photo by Jessica Fadel.

Those in Kingston and throughout eastern Ontario are advised to exercise caution when travelling today due to high winds creating blowing snow.

Environment Canada issued a blowing snow advisory on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 at 11:20 a.m. The advisory is in effect for the Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas. The advisory warns of sudden very low visibilities in frequent blowing snow.

“Flurries and strong west to northwest winds with gusts of 60 to 80 km/h are expected today. Any fresh snow will be whipped up by the winds creating areas of reduced visibilities, particularly in exposed areas. Snowfall accumulations are expected to be light,” the advisory states, noting that conditions will slowly improve this afternoon as winds begin to ease.

“Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.”

Similarly, the Ontario Provincial Police have issued a media release urging caution while driving due to whiteouts.

“The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region Headquarters urges motorists to use extreme caution on the roads today, February 25, 2019 due to blowing snow and whiteout conditions. The most heavily impacted areas are east of Ottawa, where there have been road closures and numerous minor collisions,” the release reads.

“If you do encounter a whiteout, slow down. Pullover and stop. Do not stop in the live traffic lane, Stay in your vehicle for your own safety. If driving, watch for stopped vehicles.”

The blowing snow and whiteout conditions have already caused a number of issues for drivers, including a pileup of 50 to 70 cars which has closed lanes of Highway 400 near Barrie, Ont.

Please drive with caution, and watch for stopped cars and pedestrians in instances of blowing snow or whiteout conditions.

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