Buses in Windsor and Essex County are cancelled today, and that's because "spotters" across the region have decided the roads are not safe enough.
CBC News spoke with spotter Pat Stevenson, owner of G & L Stevenson Transportation, to see how that decision gets made.
Stevenson is one of 21 people in Windsor and Essex county who drive the roads early in the morning to determine if conditions are safe for school buses to run.
Why cancel the busses? Stevenson says visibility is an issue in the county.— @ChrisEnsingCBC
Here's a bit of what the commute looks like in County Road 22. pic.twitter.com/DESpbcFMQi
Stevenson started his day at about 4:30 a.m. when he hit the bus routes around the city and county.
Despite warnings that Windsor would receive buckets of snow today, Stevenson said spotters need to see it for themselves.
The roads are a little "greasy" right now as Stevenson likes to say.— @ChrisEnsingCBC
But plows are out. We spoke just beside County Road 22. pic.twitter.com/XX2OwuOk0j
"We've had cases where the weather [reporters] aren't correct — where the snow doesn't show up with what they predicted. We like to make sure we've got our eyes on it the morning of."
He said spotters look for several things like snow cover, slippery conditions, how heavy the snow is coming down and if the day will continue to deteriorate.
We knew the forecast calls for LOTS of snow - so why not cancel last night?— @ChrisEnsingCBC
Here's what Stevenson told me from a snow covered Belle River. pic.twitter.com/Na1cuXj8Nr