150 collisions reported in Toronto snow storm's aftermath
Published Thursday, March 13, 2014 6:59AM EDT Last Updated Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:54PM EDT
The day after a late-season snow storm buried the city, police are warning commuters to drive carefully, because roads are still slippery.
From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., police said they'd responded to approximately 150 collisions.
On Twitter, Ontario Provincial Police have flagged incidents across the Greater Toronto area, from Cambridge to Markham.
Most incidents involve individual vehicles in ditches. The majority of collisions are along high-speed roadways including the Queen Elizabeth Way and Highway 401.
Niagara Regional Police reported a three-vehicle collision on Regional Road 20 near Twenty Mile Road, where a car lost control, crossed the centre line and hit a northbound pickup truck. The truck spun out of control and hit a third vehicle head-on. Two occupants of the third vehicle are deceased.
City crews are working to clear streets, but police are warning drivers that conditions remain extremely slippery.
Environment Canada reports that 14 to 18 centimetres of snow fell across the city, and a sudden dip in the temperature left roads covered in black ice.
Police are urging commuters to leave early, and expect delays. They're also asking drivers avoid distractions like cellphones.
In addition to snowy roads, the GTA is under an extreme cold weather alert. In the city, the temperature is expected to rise to -7 C in the afternoon, with wind gusts of up to 50 km/h. The low is forecasted as -17 C.
An Environment Canada wind chill warning was in effect for most of southern Ontario, but was dropped shortly after 9 a.m. The weather agency predicted "very cold" winds would draw in "unseasonably cold air" on Wednesday morning. The wind chill dropped temperatures to -27 C.
However, on Friday, the weather agency predicts a dramatic shift: The temperature is expected to rise to 5 C in the afternoon.
Normal temperatures for mid-March range from highs of 4 C to lows of -4 C.
Traffic chaos overnight
From midnight on Wednesday to midnight on Thursday, OPP responded to 682 collisions, including a series of collisions that closed a portion of Highway 401 in Mississauga.
Two tractor trailers collided in the eastbound lanes near Highway 407, and a third tractor trailer jackknifed nearby, blocking the westbound lanes.
|404 SB; Aurora Road to Highway 407 (ID5032)||11 MIN||12 MIN||-1 MIN||+-8%|
|QEW EB; Trafalgar Road to Highway 427 (ID2287)||11 MIN||12 MIN||-1 MIN||+-8%|
|400 SB; Highway 9 to King Road (ID2294)||6 MIN||7 MIN||-1 MIN||+-14%|
|Gardiner EB; Highway 427 to DVP (ID6660)||11 MIN||10 MIN||1 MIN||+10%|
|407 EB; Highway 400 to Highway 404 (ID2283)||8 MIN||10 MIN||-2 MIN||+-20%|
|400 SB; King Road to Highway 401 (ID654)||12 MIN||13 MIN||-1 MIN||+-8%|
|401 WB; Stevenson Road to Salem Road (ID2399)||6 MIN||7 MIN||-1 MIN||+-14%|
|401 EB; Winston Churchill To Highway 410 (ID2280)||6 MIN||7 MIN||-1 MIN||+-14%|
|407 WB; Highway 404 to Highway 400 (ID2284)||8 MIN||9 MIN||-1 MIN||+-11%|
|400 NB; Highway 401 to Mapleview Drive (ID5001)||38 MIN||42 MIN||-4 MIN||+-10%|
|401 EB; Highway 25 to Winston Churchill (ID2276)||7 MIN||8 MIN||-1 MIN||+-12%|
|QEW WB; Trafalgar Road to Guelph Line (ID5061)||15 MIN||9 MIN||6 MIN||+67%|
|401 EB; Highway 410 Express to Highway 404 (ID5003)||31 MIN||17 MIN||14 MIN||+82%|
|DVP SB; Highway 401 to Gardiner (ID586)||9 MIN||9 MIN||0 MIN|
|410 SB; Mayfield Road to Steeles Avenue (ID5051)||6 MIN||6 MIN||0 MIN|
|Gardiner WB; DVP to Highway 427 (ID661)||16 MIN||11 MIN||5 MIN||+45%|
|410 NB; Highway 401 to Steeles Avenue (ID2429)||3 MIN||3 MIN||0 MIN|
|401 WB; Kingston Road Express to Highway 404 (ID5009)||10 MIN||9 MIN||1 MIN||+11%|
|407 EB; Highway 410 to Highway 400 (ID2282)||10 MIN||12 MIN||-2 MIN||+-17%|
|401 WB; Winston Churchill To Highway 25 (ID2281)||7 MIN||8 MIN||-1 MIN||+-12%|
|Gardiner WB; DVP to Jameson Avenue (ID2426)||9 MIN||5 MIN||4 MIN||+80%|
|401 WB; Collector - Highway 404 to Highway 410 (ID5008)||36 MIN||17 MIN||19 MIN||+112%|
|404 SB; Stouffville Road to Gardiner (ID5030)||22 MIN||21 MIN||1 MIN||+5%|
|401 EB; Collector - Highway 404 to Kingston Road (ID5006)||10 MIN||9 MIN||1 MIN||+11%|
|407 WB; Highway 400 to Highway 410 (ID2285)||10 MIN||12 MIN||-2 MIN||+-17%|
|410 NB; Steeles Avenue to Mayfield Road (ID5050)||7 MIN||6 MIN||1 MIN||+17%|
|401 WB; Highway 410 to Winston Churchill (ID2513)||5 MIN||5 MIN||0 MIN|
|Gardiner WB; Jameson Avenue to Highway 427 (ID2427)||7 MIN||6 MIN||1 MIN||+17%|
|DVP NB; Gardiner to Highway 401 (ID585)||38 MIN||9 MIN||29 MIN||+322%|
|400 NB; King Road to Highway 9 (ID2298)||7 MIN||7 MIN||0 MIN|
|407 EB; Highway 404 to Brock Road (ID2404)||12 MIN||14 MIN||-2 MIN||+-14%|
|Gardiner EB; Highway 427 to Jameson Avenue (ID2424)||6 MIN||6 MIN||0 MIN|
|401 EB; Kingston Road to Salem Road (ID2397)||12 MIN||8 MIN||4 MIN||+50%|
|Gardiner EB; Jameson Avenue to DVP (ID2425)||4 MIN||5 MIN||-1 MIN||+-20%|
|401 EB; Salem Road to Stevenson Road (ID2398)||8 MIN||10 MIN||-2 MIN||+-20%|
|QEW WB; Highway 427 to Trafalgar Road (ID2423)||6 MIN||14 MIN||-8 MIN||+-57%|
|427 SB; Highway 7 to Highway 401 (ID5040)||7 MIN||8 MIN||-1 MIN||+-12%|
|404 NB; Highway 407 to Aurora Road (ID5021)||11 MIN||12 MIN||-1 MIN||+-8%|
|427 NB; Gardiner to Highway 401 (ID2431)||4 MIN||4 MIN||0 MIN|
|407 WB; Brock Rd to Highway 404 (ID2405)||12 MIN||14 MIN||-2 MIN||+-14%|
|410 SB; Steeles Avenue to Highway 401 (ID2289)||3 MIN||3 MIN||0 MIN|
|404 NB; Gardiner to Stouffville Road (ID5020)||49 MIN||21 MIN||28 MIN||+133%|
|400 NB; Highway 401 to King Road (ID655)||13 MIN||14 MIN||-1 MIN||+-7%|
|404 SB; Green Lane to Aurora Road (ID5031)||4 MIN||5 MIN||-1 MIN||+-20%|
|404 NB; Aurora Road to Green Lane (ID5022)||3 MIN||4 MIN||-1 MIN||+-25%|