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Kincardine area hit with blowing, drifting snow again
By Liz Dadson

Weather

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Several vehicles stuck in the snow drifts along the Southline Friday night, make it difficult for snow plows clearing the roadway Saturday morning



Stranded vehicles being removed from a snowbank along the Southline, Kincardine, Saturday morning



The Southline is closed at Highway 21 while stranded cars are removed so snow plows can clear the roadway, Saturday morning



Highway 21 South, Kincardine, is closed due to blowing and drifting snow and poor to nil visibility, Saturday morning



Snow blows across Queen Street, Kincardine, heading into the downtown, facing north, Saturday afternoon



Playing on the huge snowbank beside Huron Heights Public School, Saturday afternoon, are Trent Courtney (L), Andrew Wyvill and Roland Spencer, all 11, of Kincardine

It was déjà vu for many Kincardine residents as they woke up Saturday morning to heavy drifts of snow, blanketing vehicles and driveways.

Snow and high wind hit Friday morning, causing road closures and leaving motorists stranded by mid-afternoon and evening.

Highway 9, from Kincardine to Walkerton, was the first to close Friday at 11:30 a.m., and remains closed while road crews continue to clear it. The roadway is considered impassable at this time.

Highway 21, from Kincardine to Port Elgin, was closed by Friday at noon, and eventually other roads followed.

By Friday night, in a scene very much like the Blizzard of 2014 - from Jan. 6-8 - all roads in Bruce and Huron counties were closed and plows had been removed, due to blowing and drifting snow, and poor to nil visibility.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, Bruce County Road 23 (B-line) had been re-opened from Kincardine to Bruce County Road 15 and then north on the Tie Road to Bruce Power, for Bruce Power workers.

All other Bruce County roads remain closed, as does Highway 21, from Amberley to Port Elgin.

The South Bruce OPP urges motorists to stay off these roads, as crews are working to try and get all lanes clear. The roadways are filling in faster than they can be plowed. The wind is also causing poor visibility and white-out conditions in areas.

If you don’t have to travel then stay at home, say police. Ensure you have appropriate equipment with you as it may be impossible to rescue you if you become stranded.

For up-to-date road/weather information click here or call Bruce County Roads at 1-866-266-7569, option “2”.

The high wind and blowing and drifting snow are expected to continue through to Tuesday.



Trent Courtney, 11, of Kincardine, jumps off the snowbank, over his friend, Roland Spencer, also 11, of Kincardine



Andrew Wyvill, 11, of Kincardine soars through the air after jumping off the snowbank beside Huron Heights Public School



High snowbanks along the Southline, Kincardine, Saturday morning



Joel Taylor shovels a huge drift of snow from his driveway, along Queen Street, Kincardine, Saturday afternoon

SNOW PLOW SAFETY CAMPAIGN

With heavy flurries and snow squall warnings in effect for Kincardine, the "Let Us Lead the Way - Snow Plow Safety" campaign is reminding drivers to show caution on roads and let the snow plows lead the way. 

As part of its snow plow safety campaign, the Ontario Road Builders’ Association has safety tips for drivers:

  • Be patient and keep a safe distance behind working snow plows
  • Never pass a snow plow
  • Don’t drive beside snow plows
  • Do not pass between snow plows in tandem

For more information about the campaign, check the website at: visit www.snowplowsafety.ca


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