KAWARTHA LAKES-Wind gusts of 81 km an hour were recorded at the Peterborough Airport this morning according to Environment Canada as a wicked storm blew into the area.
The high winds and blowing snow caused a number of crashes throughout the region. Elm Tree Road was closed after a crash there. Officials told Kawartha 411 plows were suspended in the area following the crash due to white-out conditions. Crews are also responding to reports of a crash on Cty Rd 24 near Bobcaygeon.
The OPP has temporarily closed Highway 115 S/B from County Road 10 to Porter Road due to several motor vehicle collisions. Please avoid the area as weather has caused poor driving conditions.
Some businesses in the City closed for the day while others opened at noon. Meals on Wheels, school buses and other services were also cancelled.
Approximately 500 homes are without power as hydro crews respond to a number of small outages in Kawartha Lakes including parts of Lindsay, Pleasant Point and along Highway 36 between Lindsay and Bobcaygeon. There are also outages in the Kinmount and Seagrave areas.
The Shell station on Lindsay Street South in Lindsay has no power.
Visibility on the roads is down to .4km.