Day four of blizzard conditions
in Kincardine area

By Liz Dadson


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High banks of snow along the north side of the 7th Concession, Municipality of Kincardine, just west of Highway 21, and drifted sections from the strong southwest wind, cause problems for motorists Tuesday afternoon

Blowing and drifting snow along the 7th Concession, Municipality of Kincardine, looking west of Highway 21, Tuesday afternoon

The Kincardine Times car is almost adrift in snow along the 7th concession, Municipality of Kincardine, looking west, Tuesday afternoon

In what is turning into a broken record for the Kincardine area, school buses were cancelled, roads were closed, and some schools were also closed, Tuesday, as blizzard conditions persisted in the Kincardine area.

High wind continued to cause blowing and drifting snow and zero visibility, resulting in the continued closure of Highway 21, from Amberley to Port Elgin, and eventually all the way to Springmount, just south of Owen Sound. That section of roadway remained closed, as of Tuesday night.

Highway 9 is also closed, from Kincardine to Walkerton.

Bruce County Road 23 (B-line) was closed for most of the day but has been re-opened. However, the following county roads remain closed: Bruce Road 86, from Lucknow to Amberley; Bruce Road 3, from Highway 9 Mildmay to Highway 21; Bruce Road 10, from Alvanley to Hepworth; Bruce Road 8, from Hepworth to Sauble Beach; and the Grey-Bruce Line, from Scone to Alvanley.

Drivers should be aware that, as of 10:41 a.m., Tuesday, Environment Canada continues a snow-squall warning for the Bruce Peninsula, Sauble Beach and Tobermory; and a snow-squall watch for Kincardine, Saugeen Shores and southern Bruce County.

The penalty for driving on a closed highway is a $110 fine and three demerit points, but the consequences can be far worse if you become involved in a collision, or stranded, in a white-out.

The South Bruce OPP spent most of Tuesday, dealing with motor vehicle collisions and stranded motorists in near white-out conditions. Police are urging motorists not to travel until the storm passes.

Do not call police for road/weather conditions; this is not a service that the OPP provides. For up-to-date road/weather information, click here or call Bruce County Roads at 1-866-266-7569, option 2

Besides the continued disruption for motorists and schools, waste pick-up was cancelled for the second day in a row, in Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss, due to the inclement weather. Garbage collection for these areas will be next Tuesday (Feb. 4).

Also, the Kincardine municipal office remained closed due to the closure of Highway 21 and the B-line

Snow covers half this large tree in front of a home on Queen Street North, Kincardine

A sign, just north of the Kincardine Hospital on Queen Street, Kincardine, tells drivers that Bruce County Road 23 is closed at Lorne Beach Road, Tuesday afternoon

A snow plow on Queen Street North, Kincardine

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014