Blizzard hammers Midwestern Ontario closing roads, cancelling events
LONDON, ONT -- Winter is ending February with a bang.
As much as 50 centimetres of snow has fallen in parts of Grey and Bruce counties since Thursday, leaving behind a path of closed roads, event cancellations and tired snowplow drivers.
Over 20 major roads in Huron, Bruce and Grey counties were closed because of the relentless snow squall, which stretched from the Lake Huron shoreline, all the way to New Brunswick.
Some roads were closed because they were simply impassable, because as much as five centimetres of snow was falling every hour.
It got so bad at its peak that snowplows were pulled off the roads in parts of Midwestern Ontario.
Even OPP detachments were shuttered for the day Friday in Walkerton, Chatsworth and Wiarton due to the weather.
Schools in areas stretching from Exeter to Wiarton were also closed.
Blizzard conditions are piling up the snow in Wingham, Ont. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Scott Miller / CTV London)
Buses cancelled across the region
There were localized school bus cancellations across the region Friday due to road conditions and school closures.
My Big Yellow Bus listed school bus cancellations to Middlesex and North London schools including: Medway,Wilberforce, St. Patrick’s, Oxbow and Centennial.
In Sarnia-Lambton buses were cancelled for Zone 1, while all other zones were running as normal. The affected schools included:
- Aberarder Central School
- Bosanquet Central School
- East Lambton Elementary School
- Errol Village School
- Grand Bend Public
- Holy Rosary School
- Kinnwood Central
- St. Peter Canisius School
- Plympton-Wyoming School
- St. John Fisher
- North Lambton Secondary School
In Huron-Perth buses were cancelled in the following areas:Dual Credit, Listowel, Milverton, Mitchell, St. Marys, Stratford, Clinton/Seaforth and Exeter/South Huron.