Temperature to dip to -17: OPP forcing 402 drivers to slow down

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Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a Cold Weather Alert for Lambton County – the tenth this year.

Environment Canada predicts the temperature will drop to -17°C tonight.

The alert will remain in effect for one night only. Temperatures are expected to climb above the alert threshold on Thursday. 

Lambton Public Health advises local agencies that provide shelter and assistance to homeless people to prepare for an increase in demand during this Cold Weather Alert.

All residents should take precautions during a Cold Weather Alert by dressing in layers, shielding exposed areas from the wind such as head, neck and face, and limiting time spent outdoors.

Meantime Lambton OPP says as the weather continues to worsen, driving conditions are deteriorating. Officers are responding to numerous traffic issues as motorists travel along the county roads.

Lambton OPP officers are conducting “slow downs” on highway 402 at this time. Officers will take the lead of any traffic in either direction and by being in the front of the traffic, the officers are able to try to slow down the following vehicles to a reasonable speed.

Motorists are reminded to:

·         make sure all of their vehicle lights are on,

·         their speed of travel is down to a reasonable level given the conditions,

·         not be distracted by phones, electronics or otherwise while driving

·         wear their seat belts

·         clear the vehicle’s windows and mirrors

·         and only travel if absolutely necessary

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