Be prepared to delay your travels OPP advises

MANITOULIN – Members with the North East Region Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are advising motorists to be prepared in delaying their travel plans due to the Snowfall Warnings and Major Winter Storm Warnings across our region. According to Environment Canada, the storm will begin sometime today (February 20, 2014), continue overnight and into tomorrow.

Poor visibility and strong winds are expected to result in hazardous driving conditions along the Trans-Canada Highway. Weather conditions may change quickly and unexpectedly and wind gusts may cause reduced visibility. Over northeastern Ontario, a changeover to rain is expected with freezing rain and ice pellets likely in the transition. Travelling conditions may be hazardous in the north and northwest due to snow and in the northeast and south due to icing.

To ensure everyone’s safety, the OPP is asking that motorists postpone non-essential travel today, tonight and tomorrow and not venture out until weather conditions improve. If travel is essential, please slow down and increase your following distance.

It is everyone’s job to do their best to ensure the safety of others. Let’s all do our part!

For up to date road conditions, do not call the OPP. Ontario 511 provides 24 hour information on road conditions, as does the Ministry of Transportation.