Snowstorm wreaks havoc
in Kincardine area

By Liz Dadson


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Dave Dickens of South Street, Kincardine, shovels a snowbank that stands about a foot high, from his driveway Monday afternoon

Heavy snowfall and high wind, along with a blast of Arctic air, have combined to wreak havoc on the Kincardine area, just as the holiday season was coming to a close.

Monday morning, school closures and bus cancellations were the norm, as a blizzard blanketed the area with blowing and drifting snow.

Highway 21, from Goderich to Port Elgin, was closed all day, and by mid-morning both the Huron-Kinloss and Kincardine municipal offices were closed.

Many events and programs were cancelled.

But the worst was yet to come, as even more snow fell throughout the day, the wind picked up, and the temperature dropped, causing hazardous conditions for motorists and dangerous conditions for those working, playing or walking outside.

As of 7 p.m., Monday, Huron County OPP had closed ALL county roadways and provincial highways in Huron County.

Police urged all motorists to stay off the closed roads, and to check weather and road travel conditions by calling 511or on-line at www.Ontario.ca/trip for up-to-date road conditions for provincially-maintained highways. This bilingual service is available 24 hours a day and provides updates on highway closures and road conditions.

Meanwhile, Highway 21 remains closed from Amberley to Southampton, as reported by the South Bruce OPP, due to deteriorating road conditions, heavy drifting and very poor visibility.

People spent most of Monday, digging out driveways and cleaning off vehicles and front steps.

However, some young people enjoyed the weather because it meant a "snow day" and time off school, even though Monday was the first day back after two weeks of holidays.

The blizzard is expected to continue Tuesday, with no end in sight until Wednesday or Thursday.

David Dadson clears his driveway on Kennard Crescent, Kincardine, Monday morning

Gavin Reardon (C) grabs hold of his brother, Colin, and pulls him to the top of the mountain of snow in the Zehrs parking lot in Kincardine, Monday afternoon

Waving the Canadian flag from the top of the mountain of snow, are Colin Reardon (L), Gavin Reardon, Jaiden Harrison and Deter Nowak

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