Deep freeze returns
Wind chill to hit -30 C; More snow Monday
After reaching a near-record high of 9 C early Friday morning, the temperature in Peterborough plunged over the day to -10 C by late Friday night.
It’s only going to get worse over the weekend. Highs of just -13 C are forecast for Saturday and Sunday, with a low of -24 C, feeling more like -30 C with the wind chill, forecast for Peterborough and the Kawarthas, according to Environment Canada.
A flash-freeze warning and special weather statement were in effect for much of Friday in Peterborough and the Kawarthas but were lifted by early Friday night by Environment Canada
Friday started off foggy and wet but that changed to snow by Friday afternoon, resulting in several collisions on icy Peterborough area roads, including collisions just after 6 p.m., including a threevehicle collision at Highway 7 and Television Road (see Page A3) along with a car in the ditch at County Road 2 and Drummond Line.
Around 10:30 p.m., two transport trucks and two cars were involved in a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 401 in the westbound lanes near Northumberland County Road 30 near Brighton.
STSCO cancelled all school bus routes Friday. Schools remained open.
Peterborough Transit rerouted some routes Friday to avoid icy conditions.
The PJHL Jr. C hockey game scheduled for Friday night between the North Kawartha Knights and the Georgina Ice was cancelled due to the conditions.
About 20 millimetres of rain fell in Peterborough between 5 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Friday.
While flooding is not expected from the precipitation, Kawartha Conservation issued a water safety watershed conditions bulletin on Wednesday afternoon for the watershed in the City of Kawartha Lakes area, while the Lower Trent Conservation Authority issued a similar bulletin Thursday afternoon for the watershed area along the Trent River between Rice Lake and Lake Ontario.
As of late Friday afternoon, Otonabee Conservation listed a normal status for the watershed area in the Peterborough city and county area.
A few flurries were in the forecast for Saturday morning, while more snow and flurries is expected Monday and Tuesday in Peterborough and the Kawarthas, according to Environment Canada.
Pedestrians deal with the blowing snow on George Street in downtown Peterborough on Friday afternoon as the rainy weather changed to snow. See more photographs in the online gallery at www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com.