OPP have again closed several roads in parts of midwestern Ontario as a result of high winds, blowing snow and poor visibility.

South Bruce OPP Insp. Scott Smith said in a statement "I understand that no one likes restrictions on their ability to travel, but I ask for your patience and understanding as road closures are done with the best intentions to keep you safe. Emergency services personnel are needlessly placed in very dangerous situations as we are often called upon to drive down closed roads to rescue stranded motorists who should never have been on the road."

As of Wednesday evening a number of roads remain closed across the region, and motorists are still being urged to stay off the roads.

Closures from Tuesday remain in place in Grey County and additional closures for Wednesday include:

  • Grey Rd. 8 south to Grey Rd. 89 (Southgate)
  • Grey Rd. 9 east to Grey Rd. 2 (Southgate)
  • Grey Rd. 2 north to Osprey-Blue Mountain Townline (Grey Highlands)

For the full list of road closures in the county please visit the Grey County Road Conditions website.

Owen Sound police again closed 8th Street East from 9th Avenue East to 28th Avenue East on Wednesday.

Most county roads have reopened in Bruce County, but some remain closed including:

  • Bruce Road 86 from Lucknow to Highway 21
  • Bruce Road 15 from Glammis to Highway 21
  • Bruce Road 6 from Bruce Road 1 to Highway 21
  • Bruce Road 10 from Tara to Highway 21
  • Bruce Road 1 from Paisley to Bruce Road 20
  • Bruce Road 20 from Bruce Road 1 to Highway 21

On the Bruce Peninsula, all roads remain closed, with the exception of a handful of routes that have opened including:

  • Bruce County Road 8
  • Bruce County Road 9
  • Bruce County Road 13
  • Highway 6 from Hepworth to Wiarton

For the full list of what is open and what is closed please visit the Bruce County Road Conditions website.

Roads closed in Huron County include:

  • Highway 21 between Blyth Road and Amberley Road
  • Amberley Road from Amberley to Lucknow
  • London Road from Wingham at Howick-Turnberry Road north into Bruce County

OPP are reminding motorists that driving on a closed roadway is an offence that could net them a $110 fine and three demerit points. In addition, not all closures are marked with barricades.

Police are asking residents to be patient and stay off affected roadways and note that conditions can be very localized and change very quickly, so conditions in one area may not be indicative of what's happening a short distance away.

Up-to-date road conditions for provincial highways can be found at: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip/

Reprieve from frigid temperatures coming

While snow squall watches and warnings remain in place closer to Lake Huron, wind chill warnings have ended for much of southwestern Ontario, including London-Middlesex, Elgin, Sarnia-Lambton, Huron-Perth, Oxford and Brant.

Environment Canada says the bitterly cold arctic air mass over the region is on its way out and temperatures closer to seasonal norms are moving in.

For the forecast and all the latest watches and warnings from Environment Canada visit: http://london.ctvnews.ca/weather