Heavy snow causing delays for commuters in Waterloo region

Waterloo police are warning drivers to give themselves extra time for their Monday commute, as heavy snowfall causes delays across the region.

GO Transit, Greyhound busses, and flights are delayed in the region

A plow moves along Victoria Street Monday morning after snow blanketed the region, making for a slow morning commute. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Waterloo police are warning drivers to give themselves extra time Monday, as heavy snowfall over night is continues to cause delays across the region.

Waterloo Regional Police said on Twitter, "It's a blustery day out there! Please give yourself extra time to get where you're going," and advised drivers to clean their vehicles before driving and to leave extra room between themselves and other vehicles.

Ontario Provincial Police have also taken to Twitter to warn drivers to slow down and drive safe.

Transit Delays

Multiple collisions have been reported across the Waterloo region and Wellington County, which are causing significant delays for drivers and public transit. 

GO Transit service is delayed, as are Greyhound busses, and flights in and out of Waterloo Regional International Airport.

GO busses on Route 25, which service University of Waterloo, are delayed by 25 to 50 minutes, according to GO Transit.

Greyhound busses between Toronto and Kitchener are delayed about an hour; these busses include those servicing University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier and Charles Street.  

WestJet flights to and from the Waterloo airport are significantly delayed between Waterloo and Calgary, by over five hours.

Late Sunday night, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the region with heavy snow for the back to school commute, which has delayed multiple school buses in the region. The statement stopped being in effect shortly before noon Monday.

One bus was involved in a head-on collision on Wellington Road 124 near Guelph Lake, which Ontario Provincial Police said delayed traffic for about an hour.

The collision occurred around 6:45 a.m., and there were no passengers on the bus. 

A 'Dramatic' Change In Weather

The snow is expected to taper off in the afternoon, with the worst of the snow fall to be over by noon Monday.

Geoff Coulson, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, told CBC News there will be a "dramatic departure from the weather we've had since late December and into early January," with the forecast seeing higher temperatures throughout the work week.

​Coulson said the Waterloo region will have some messy weather on Wednesday, a combination of snow and rain, but can expect more mild air to move in Wednesday night and stick until Thursday.

He said Thursday's high will be 6 C.