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Close to 200 collisions over 12 hours in Toronto due to snowfall

First snow leads to messy commute, dozens of crashes
The bulk of our first snowfall of the season has largely come to an end, but the slushy residue on our streets and sidewalks and the aftermath of crashes, lingers on. Marianne Dimain has that story.

Toronto police say nearly 200 minor collisions were reported in the city during a 12-hour period due to the snowfall on Thursday and early Friday morning.

Sgt. Brett Moore told Global News that number is double the number of incidents compared to the day before when the roads were dry.

Police continue to remind the public to be cautious when driving on snow-covered roads, especially during the first snowfall of the season.

“It really comes down to a lot of the basic things we continuously message about,” Moore said.

“Slowing way down, leaving a lot of extra time to get to where you are going, and space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. These are critical things and obviously being prepared, making sure your vehicle is ready and driving for the conditions.”

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Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said about a dozen collisions were reported on OPP-patrolled roads by 6 a.m. Friday.

“A lot of the crashes, they are single-vehicle wrecks. Drivers are just going too fast for the conditions,” Schmidt said.

“A lot of times they’re on these on-ramps and off-ramps, they come around the bend and they don’t realize how slippery it is.”

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On Thursday evening, OPP said there were more than 300 collisions over a four-hour span. No serious injuries were reported.

Between five and 10 centimetres of snow fell in the Greater Toronto Area.

Toronto Pearson Airport reported about six centimetres of snow, while closer to the downtown core saw amounts of five centimetres and less.

The snow is expected to taper off by early Friday afternoon and change to rain as temperatures begin to climb above the freezing mark.

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