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Kincardine area battles through another chilly blast of winter
By Liz Dadson

Weather

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Blowing and drifting snow on a closed Highway 9, looking east of Highway 21, Kincardine, Tuesday afternoon



Snowy intersection at Highways 9 and 21, looking west, Tuesday afternoon



Snow blows across Highway 21, looking south of Highway 9, Tuesday afternoon



Huge snow banks in the courtyard of the Janzen residence on Highway 9, east of Kincardine
photos by Lynda Janzen



Blowing and drifting snow in the backyard of the Janzen residence on Highway 9, east of Kincardine

The Kincardine area is still in the grip of a major blizzard that has closed all roadways into the municipality and brought most activities to a halt.

Tuesday morning, residents woke up to even more snow, accompanied by howling wind and a bitterly cold temperature.

For the second day in a row, schools were closed, buses were cancelled, and the OPP closed all provincial highways and secondary roads in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties because they were considered impassable. This is the first time in about 30 years that all roadways have been closed due to such a severe snowstorm.

The Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss municipal offices were closed for the day, as were several other offices, and many programs, activities and events were cancelled.

Bruce Power asked all Category A, B and C workers not to report to work Tuesday. However, Category A staff were to continue to monitor conditions closely to determine when they would be expected to travel to the site. All buses to and from Port Elgin and Kincardine were temporarily suspended.

Due to the poor weather conditions, recycling collection in Ward 1 (Town of Kincardine) was cancelled, with the next collection day slated for Tuesday, Jan. 21.  

Garbage collection was also rescheduled as follows: Huron-Kinloss Sections 2 & 5 will take place Thursday, Jan. 9; Kincardine regular Tuesday collection will take place Friday Jan. 10.

And, with witnesses unable to attend, the Armow Wind appeal hearing saw only a brief scheduling meeting during discussion amongst the chairperson and the counsels for the appellants, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment director and the approval holder, Samsung PatternArmow Wind Ontario GP.

Despite the tough winter conditions being handed to the area over the past couple of days, there is also some natural beauty that comes with winter.

Nancy Potter submitted a beautiful photo of a female cardinal, taken in her backyard on Boiler Beach Road, south of Kincardine

 Female cardinal
photo by Nancy Potter

Snow covers the window, looking out at the front entrance to the Janzen residence on Highway 9, east of Kincardine
photo by Lynda Janzen


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