Kincardine and the surrounding area were walloped by heavy snowfalls and blowing snow Monday, which closed roads and extended school holidays for children.
A look at an already snowy downtown Kincardine Monday morning, prior to the storm's arrival. (Barb McKay photo)
According to Environment Canada, Kincardine was expected to receive at least 15 centimetres of snow, after seeing as much accumulation over the weekend. Winds gusted to 70 kilometres per hour with wind chills as slow as minus 37 degrees Celsius.
Poor visibility led to the closure of Highway 21 between Goderich and Port Elgin. Schools in Kincardine and Ripley were closed as were the municipal offices in Kincardine and Ripley. The Kincardine waste management centre was also closed.
The Ripley Huron Community Centre closed at on Monday. The Davidson Centre pool and was closed, but the building remained open as a warning centre. Several programs and activities were cancelled.
Bruce Telecom Internet service was down for a period during the day. As of Wednesday afternoon, Highway 21 between Amberley and Grand Bend remained closed, but other roads had reopened. Yesterday, every road and highway in Bruce County was closed. Drivers are still urged to stay off area roads, as the highways are in poor condition and littered with abandoned vehicles.
As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, here is the latest listing of closed roads from the South-Bruce OPP.
Bruce County Road 3 from Mildmay to Highway 9, Bruce County Road 3 from Burgoyne to Highway 21, Bruce County Road 10 from Tara to Highway 21, Bruce County Road 12 from Belmore to Highway 9, Bruce County Road 15 from Bruce County Road 1 to Tiverton, Bruce County Road 28 from Mildmay to the Huron-Bruce Line, and Highway 21 between Amberley and Port Elgin.
These closures are in effect due to heavy drifting and abandoned vehicles stuck and/or blocking the roadway. Motorists are asked to stay off these roads so the highway maintenance crews can get them cleared. For up to date road and weather conditions, visit http://www.brucecounty.on.ca/services-health/highways-services/road-conditions-notices.php or call Bruce County Roads at 1-866-266-7659, option “2”.