The first snowfall of the season caused thousands in Bracebridge, Huntsville, and Parry Sound to lose power. It’s also brought a reminder from the Bracebridge OPP to drive safely.
Provincial Constable Samantha Bigley says they responded to 27 crashes, but none involved any injuries.
“There were multiple calls for service regarding hazardous conditions as well as regarding downed power lines and trees that had fallen on area roadways,” she says. “One Bracebridge OPP officer even utilized his own chainsaw in order to help clear the roads, allowing not only motorists but also emergency services to operate.”
While the weather is expected to warm up and quickly melt the snow, Bigley reminds drivers to take it slow once the snow does start to consistently fall. On top of that, she says to give extra space between your car and the one in front of you, use your lights and signals when appropriate, focus on driving, and give yourself extra time to get to where you need to go.
Bigley adds that if the weather is rough – like yesterday – it’s best to stay home, if you’re able to.