London wakes up to winter wonderland – Global News

London wakes up to winter wonderland - Global News
London digging out from first significant snowfall of the season
The city was treated to overnight snow squalls, with more than 10 centimetres accumulating by the morning, and forecasters say more is on the way.

Global News Radio 980 CFPL weather specialist John Wilson said the total snowfall amount varied, with cities such as Strathroy and Woodstock receiving much less of the white stuff.

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“The wind’s set up just right from the north-northwest coming across a large fetch of Lake Huron right at London,” Wilson explained.

"The salt trucks have been out since 8:30 last night on main roads and bus route as those are our priority, and they will continue working throughout the day," Parsons said. 

A snow squall warning from Environment Canada was previously in effect for London, Parkhill and eastern Middlesex County but has since ended.

As of Friday morning, a warning remains in effect for Strathroy, Komoka and western Middlesex County. The national weather agency warns these areas could see between 30 and 40 centimetres of total snowfall accumulation.

Environment Canada says this weekend will be well below the seasonal daytime high of 8 degrees. Instead, Saturday's temperatures will hover around 2 degrees. 

Back in London, a chance of flurries is expected to continue throughout the day before clearing up overnight.

City of London service crews were kept busy by the overnight squalls, and Friday will likely be much of the same.

Division manager of road operations John Parsons told Global News that city salt trucks were out on main roads and bus routes as early as 8:30 p.m. Thursday. They will be continuing their drive throughout the day on Friday, he added.

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“As the wind shifts, snow accumulations could increase in other areas of the city, and we’ll monitor for those conditions,” he said.

Officials are reminding Londoners to give themselves extra time to get to where they're going as traffic is slower than usual. 

As of Friday morning, Parsons said sidewalks and pathways had not received enough snow to warrant dispatching plows.

Londoners woke up to snow covered cars and lawns Friday, but far less than the 25-30 centimetres originally projected, however many areas surrounding the city are reporting far more snow.

However, if snow plows need to access city streets, vehicles on the road will need to be moved. Parsons said this usually occurs when more than 10 centimetres of snow accumulates.

To deal with this possibility, the city is asking Londoners to register at least 48 hours in advance. Registration requires an email address, and registrants will be notified via email if their vehicle needs to be moved.

LONDON, Ont. — While London proper seems to be spared from a major hit, snow squalls will continue to pester the region before weakening late Friday.

Depending on where you are in London you will have to spend more time shovelling than those in other parts of the city.

The snow has been hazardous for area roads with the Ontario Provincial Police reporting 75 collisions across the region Thursday.

According to Environment Canada, the northeast end received roughly 25 centimetres of snow Thursday night into Friday morning, while the west end only got about 10 cm.

A snow squall warning for London and Middlesex County was ended at 8 a.m. Friday, with Environment Canada severe weather meteorologist Brian Owsiak noting the worst of the squalls have passed.

“London itself could see a quick five centimetres of snow Friday morning. That band will shift to the west through the day, so it is those areas to the west of the city that could see up to an additional 15 centimetres. That is the Parkhill and Watford area,” said Owsiak. “Those snow squalls will be weakening throughout the day, so by this evening they should be pretty much gone.”

Areas to the north of London were hammered harder, with snowfall amounts up to 35 centimetres reported overnight near Exeter and Goderich.

City snow plows are out in full force clearing the snow from streets and sidewalks. They begin with main arteries, such as Highbury Avenue, Wellington Road, Exeter Road and Fanshawe Park Road. Local streets and cul de sacs will see the plow after major and secondary roads are cleared.

Our crews can get sidewalks down to snowpack condition within 48 hours after snowfall ends. Bus stop clearing starts right after that, said John Parsons, the city’s division manager of road operations. Conditions will vary so its important to look out for each other and be mindful of everyone moving around the city.

City crews maintain 3,625 kilometres of roadway; 1,500 km of sidewalk; 720 cul-de-sacs; and 2,100 bus stops, as well as bridges and pedestrian crossovers in the winter.