Extreme Weather Conditions
As per Environment Canada expect winds between 70 and 80 km/h causing drifting and blowing snow. Please avoid nonessential traffic as road conditions are poor and will not improve until the winds recede. There are multiple vehicles off the highway that require a tow for removal as of 7am. The Chatham-Kent Police and local towing companies may not be able to facilitate removal while the weather conditions remain dangerous.
Snow on a road may be hard-packed and slippery as ice. Or it can be smooth and soft. Wet snow can make for slushy roads. Heavy slush can build up in the wheel wells of your vehicle and can affect your ability to steer.
Remember to increase your following distance and look ahead as you drive, so you can recognize hazards with plenty time to respond. Consider purchasing snow tires for your vehicle, they improve traction in the snow.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service reminds all motorists to drive according to the road and weather conditions. Slow down and be prepared before heading out by checking the weather forecast or Ministry of Transportation Traveler Information Service at www.ontario.ca/511 as highway conditions are updated regularly.