Blowing snow forced dozens of drivers in Dufferin County out of their vehicles and into temporary shelters on Friday night.
More than 400 people were sent from their stranded cars to warming centres as firefighters and police rescued them after wintry conditions cut visibility on the roads and threatened to trap motorists inside of their cars.
“People couldn’t see in front of them, they were calling 911, they literally didn’t know where they were, they were lost in the snow and it makes it extremely scary because you don’t know if someone is going to run into the back of you or rear-end your car.” said OPP Const. Paul Nancekivell.
The stranded travellers spent the night at either a fire hall in the township of Mulmur or at a nearby community centre, said Mulmur-Melancthon Fire Department Chief Jim Clayton.
Around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the firefighters were in the process of returning some drivers to their vehicles.
Jane Yonge was finally returned to her car after 20 hours.
“Snow came over and then I got stuck,” Yonge said. “It was a total whiteout and I consciously decided to pull a little bit more to the right to avoid any oncoming stuff just got mired in snow and there was no way I was getting out.”
Tow trucks are still assisting the fire department by extracting some cars from snow drifts.
“I’ve never seen it like this before in 24 years,” said Joe McEwan, who drives a tow truck.
Clayton said road closures were in effect in parts of Dufferin and Grey counties.
Highway 124 was closed from Shelburne to Singhampton, but has since reopened.