The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is urging motorists to evaluate their travel plans Wednesday, Jan. 7 due to the severe weather conditions.
"The strong westerly winds are generating snow squalls resulting in poor visibility due to blowing snow," explained an OPP news release. "These conditions are making travel difficult and have resulted in many vehicles leaving roadways and entering ditches. Officers are responding to these calls and a number of stranded motorists have been picked up."
The news release asks motorists to postpone non-essential trips until conditions improve.
An addition, it reminds the public not to call the OPP's Provincial Communications Centre (PCC) dispatch service for road and weather conditions. "Police will not provide this information. By calling the PCC it ties up phone lines that others depend on for emergency situations.
Instead, the public is advised to dial 5-1-1 from a landline or cellphone for up-to-date road information. "This bilingual service provides travellers with road information pertaining to construction zones and closures on provincially maintained highways. Alternatively, online users can find the same information at www.ontario.ca/trip.
In Perth County, if you're a user of the Twitter social media website, follow the County of Perth's @PerthCoRoads news feed. Wednesday morning, the Twitter feed advised: "Visibility is poor to nil at times, plows are out but is slow going due to the visibility ... snow covered and icy spots ... drive safely."
"Winter driving requires the full attention of every motorist," noted the Perth County OPP news release. "Proper pre-trip planning and vehicle inspections will make for a much safer trip. Winter driving in Perth County can be challenging; be prepared and be safe."