First snowfall leads to multiple crashes in Middlesex

If the first snow of the season is any indication, motorists need to better adjust their driving habits to the winter weather.

The Middlesex OPP was called into a single-vehicle accident on Elginfield Road, Lucan-Biddulph, just before 7am on Sunday. The area is under a winter weather travel advisory and up to 12cm of snow is expected throughout the day.

In the six hours after that collision, emergency responders were dispatched to 25 other collisions across the county. Snow and icy conditions are a factor in all collisions.

“With snow falling, drivers need to shift their mindset from summer driving to winter driving,” the OPP said on Monday. “The most important advice is to reduce speed significantly and drive according to road conditions. Leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead in case you need to brake suddenly.”

Police are also advising those venturing out in winter to buy snow tires and allow more time to reach their destination.

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in the collision reported Sunday, police said.

Environment Canada is calling for daily showers this week, with temperatures unlikely to be a few degrees above freezing. However, no significant accumulation is expected.

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