TORONTO: Winter-like road conditions have resulted in hundreds of crashes across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
A mix of ice pellets, freezing drizzle, and snow has caused immense chaos in the region.
Freezing rain warnings wound down across southwestern Ontario Sunday afternoon.
Still, the damage had already been done after 10+ hours of icy precipitation left a thick glaze over much of the region and made for dangerous travel conditions.
Environment Canada had also issued a winter weather travel advisory Sunday warning residents in the area about ”hazardous” conditions for motorists across southern and central Ontario.
Farther east, snowfall warnings lingered into the evening along the eastern end of Lake Ontario, where a massive pileup closed Highway 401 and left at least one dead.
The Ontario Provincial Police has confirmed at least one person died in the pileup.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said on Twitter that there had been “approximately 400 collisions in the GTA” on Sunday. “It’s been a really busy day for officers in the GTA and across the province,” he added.
Schmidt said that drivers need to make sure their full headlight system is ‘on’ while driving in the dark.
Here is what Schmidt had said:
Icy images from across the region are featured below.
QEW webcam in St Catharines gives you a good idea what it’s like out there this morning. 2 serious collisions on QEW in #Niagara region already this morning. Very treacherous travel conditions due to freezing rain! #Onstorm pic.twitter.com/gy4J6QGDhw— Niagara Weather (@niagarawxguy) December 1, 2019