Cancellations mount due to winter weather

School buses will not run Monday after a winter storm whipped through Windsor-Essex Sunday into early Monday morning.

St. Clair College will be closed until noon in both Windsor and Chatham

School buses will not run Monday after a winter storm whipped through Windsor-Essex Sunday into early Monday morning. (Katia Augustin/CBC News)

Leamington town council cancelled its Monday night meeting and Point Pelee National Park remained closed after a winter storm whipped through Windsor-Essex Sunday into early Monday.

"Extremely high winds, poor visibility and drifting snow are creating very poor driving conditions in the park. For visitor safety the park will be close for the rest of the day," park officials said in a media release.

School buses didn't run Monday morning but schools at both the Greater Essex District School Board and the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board opened.

St. Clair College in Windsor and Chatham was closed until noon Monday. All campuses were to open and scheduled classes and college activities were to be held  in the afternoon.

The University of Windsor cancelled classes Monday.

Maranatha Christian Academy in Windsor was also closed.

Extra plows

A "significant snowfall" has prompted the City of Windsor to call in extra help to clear residential streets on Monday morning.

Environment Canada had forecast that Windsor would see up to 15 cm of snow falling on the city by the time that the weekend was over. That snowfall kept crews busy on main roads throughout Sunday and pushed the city to bring in 28 hired plows to help clear residential streets on Monday.

In a news release issued Sunday, the city asked residents to remove their vehicles from roads where possible, so that the snowplows can do their job.

The city also called on those living in the city "to do what they can to help keep sidewalks clear," though to "use caution" when doing so.

Temperature to fall

Environment Canada has also issued a wind chill warning.

The temperature is forecast to drop to -16 C during the day Monday and down to -27 C overnight. Tuesday, it's expected to be no warmer than -19 C.

Combine those temperatures with wind gusts of 50-60 km/hr and it will produce wind chills of -40 C.

Environment Canada is urging extreme caution if people go outside. Exposed skin can freeze in less than five minutes.

Chatham-Kent has declared an emergency parking ban on city roads for a 72-hour period that began at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Like Windsor, Chatham-Kent was expected to see some 15 cm of snow on Sunday, with a similar temperature drop coming on Monday.

With files from the CBC's Shawna Kelly


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