BY KELLY ROCHE
A messy Monday is likely in store for Mississaugans as Environment Canada is predicting significant snowfall in Peel and Halton Regions.
With 15 cm on deck, “roads are expected to be snow-covered or slushy and potentially slippery,” reads a snowfall warning issued around 6 p.m. Sunday.
“The only exception may be right along the Lake Ontario shoreline where roads may be wet with temperatures slightly above the freezing mark.”
Heavy snow is continuing to fall throughout the evening and overnight.
Snow is expected to lighten up as morning approaches before “tapering off near dawn” in the Golden Horseshoe area.
With 40 crashes reported as of 5 p.m, Peel police are advising motorists to stay indoors if possible.
“But if they absolutely need to be out in the car, please allow for more time to get to your destination and leave yourself lots of space between the vehicle in front of you,” said Const. Paolo Carretta.
That means at least two car lengths away.
City of Mississauga crews are already out and about – with 377 pieces of equipment at their disposal – following a priority route system to remove snow.
“Major roads are cleared first to allow emergency vehicles and public transit to pass. This is followed by residential roads, pedestrian crossings, priority sidewalks and bus stops,” said director of works operations and maintenance Mickey Frost.
Roads are salted if snowfall is less than 8 cm, or plowed and salted if snowfall is more than 8 cm.
Keep in mind, priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings are cleared within 24 to 36 hours after the end of snowfall.
Crews handle 5,600 lane km of roads; 1,400 lane km of priority sidewalks; 3,700 bus stops and more than 1,000 pedestrian crossings.