Snow squall watch upgraded to warning for London region (update)
London Community News
Update (Nov. 24): The snow squall warning has ended for London.
Update (11:46 p.m.): A snow squall warning is now in place for London. Some areas may see up to 15 to 20 centimetres by late Saturday, but London may be spared the brunt of the localized squalls with the worst hitting north of the city.
Environment Canada has issued a snow squall watch with the strongest activity expected from late Friday (Nov. 23) into Saturday afternoon. The watch may change into a warning once the precise path of the squalls is known.
On Saturday, the temperature should stay steady around minus 1 degrees Celcius, with lake-effect flurries ending late in the afternoon but not before they deposit five- to 10-cm of snow with 30 km/h winds. On Sunday it will be cloudy with a 40 per cent chance of flurries.
Middlesex County OPP is warning the drivers to be prepared for those potential snowy conditions this weekend and to drive accordingly.
“The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it," said a release from the OPP. “Avoid going out until the snowplough or sand trucks have had a chance to do their work. Always allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.”
Driving safely on icy roads…
If your tires skid...
- Reduce your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Keep your lights on to increase visibility with other drivers.
- Keep your lights and windshield clean.
- Don't use cruise control in winter weather especially on icy roads.
- Be careful on bridges, overpasses and less traveled roads; these will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or exposed roadways like bridges.
- Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can get into trouble on winter roads.
If you’re stuck...
- Take your foot off the accelerator or brake (whatever you are doing to cause the skid).
- Steer in the direction you want the car to go.
- If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.
- If you are sliding while trying to stop, shift the gear selector to neutral while braking.
- Try not to spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
- Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
- Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
- Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.