OPP reporting numerous crashes in April 2018 ice storm. Photo courtesy of OPP West via Twitter Apr. 15, 2018

Ice And Wind Cause Crashes, Outages

The Ontario Provincial Police were asking Sunday that motorists slow down or not venture out on the roads at all if possible, with an intense storm system still bringing freezing rain and potentially heavy rain to areas across southern Ontario.

Environment Canada reported late Sunday morning that an icy mix of precipitation was expected to continue into the afternoon before changing to straight rain as temperatures begin to rise. Rainfall warnings were issued for southwestern Ontario.

Emergency crews were responding to numerous crashes on ice-glazed area roads including highways 401, 402 and 403 but no serious injuries had been reported.

The scene of a jack-knifed tractor trailer on eastbound Hwy. 401 at Colonel Talbot Rd. Sunday was cleared by late morning.

Ice accumulation and strong winds were causing power outages from the Windsor area to Ottawa with thousands being impacted Sunday north of the Lake Erie shoreline in the Tillsonburg area.

Estimated restoration times were late Sunday, possibly into Monday.