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Ottawa snowstorm leads to more than 100 collisions

Ottawa police said they have responded to more than 100 collisions since noon and are advising motorists to adjust their driving to increasingly poor road conditions.

Police say road conditions, visibility poor as 15 to 20 cm of snow expected to fall

Ottawa snowstorm

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David Gerow reports as snowstorm wallops Ottawa on a Friday afternoon.
A fire tanker also went off the road on Highway 416.
Ottawa police said they have responded to more than 100 collisions since noon and are advising motorists to adjust their driving to increasingly poor road conditions.

Snow has been falling steadily across the region since noon and 15-to-20 centimetres is expected Friday, according to Environment Canada, which earlier had issued a snowfall warning.

Ottawa police say the snow has made for slippery conditions on both roads and sidewalks, but reminded drivers that it is their responsibility to adjust to changing conditions. 
An OC Transpo bus went off the road at Den Haag Drive Friday afternoon. (Christian Gatien/CBC)

Police said none of the dozens of collisions have led to serious injuries.

The incidents involve city vehicles as well, including an OC Transpo bus that slid into a ditch on Den Haag Drive east of Aviation Parkway and a fire tanker that — while en route to a collision on Roger Stevens Drive — slid into a ditch on Highway 416.

Police say drivers should leave plenty of room between their vehicles and the vehicles in front of them, and should slow down and give plenty of room to stop when approaching intersections.

The storm has also led to numerous cancellations and delays of both arriving and departing flights.

Late Friday night and early Saturday morning wind from the northwest is also expected to pick up to 30 kilometres per hour, with gusts of 50 km/h.

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