Tillsonburg and most of southern Ontario awoke to a blast of winter Friday morning.
A storm passing through part of the province, beginning in the early morning hours, dumped approximately 25-35 centimetres of snow in many regions causing school and business closures, poor visibility and treacherous driving conditions.
While Tillsonburg received less accumulation of the white, it still felt the effects of the winter storm and left many Tillsonburg residents digging their way out. Or waiting to be dug out.
“It’s really cold and the sidewalks aren’t clear,” said high school student Francis Giangualano. “School was cancelled today.”
Doug Charron, an employee with Ascent Solutions in Tillsonburg, said they were kept busy Friday.
“A lot of our staff travel the province, we’ve had some guys down in Brampton coming back and it took them several hours,” said Charron. “They said basically, the (401) highway is down to two lanes with the semis.
“I’ve been out of the office – we had an emergency call down in Simcoe, just to help out a customer without power so we’ve got two guys testing a transformer and we’ll see how it comes back.”
For those who didn’t want to take any chances driving on the roads during the storm, local taxi cab companies in Tillsonburg came to the rescue.
“We’ve been busy today because of the storm,” said Marion Saucier, a driver with Why Wait Taxi. “You have to go slow or else you’ll be in the ditch. People are getting stuck on side streets, in the middle of the road, and are trying to get out of the way. They’re not getting into driveways because it’s just too much snow.”
There were, however, some people who chose to get out and enjoy the snow.
“I wanted to go for a walk, I wanted to experience this wonderful weather,” said Tillsonburg’s Maria James. “I love it.”