Volume 91, Issue 87

Friday, March 13, 1998

Bottoms up


London gets snow job

©Sam Pane

By Donna MacMullin
Gazette Staff

One look outside yesterday was probably enough to make many students roll over and go back to sleep instead of making the snowy trek to class.

But throughout the city, all systems were a go – if not for a few pesky delays and minor car collisions.

Environment Canada issued a snow squall warning yesterday for the London area and snow is forecast for the rest of the weekend.

But yesterday's conditions were not enough to make services like the London Transit Commission shut down. "All buses are running, but there have been great problems with delays," said John Simmons, manager of marketing at the LTC.

Service at Canada Post also seemed to be running fairly normally. "A few carriers were late getting out today, but the weather hasn't affected service that much except maybe some delays in rural areas," said Tom Creetch, communications officer for Canada Post.

"We've just been advising [letter carriers] to be aware of their footing on slippery sidewalks and to dress appropriately," he said.

Winter gear was a must yesterday – something which also boosted sales at local stores.

At the Canadian Tire near Masonville Place, staff said the weather had people were buying snowsuits and winter gear. "People were grabbing snow brushes left and right today," said automotive manager Joe Charchanko.

Those who decided to brave the snowy roads and drive may also have encountered various delays.

John O'Flaherty of the London Police Department said the accident report centre was backed up all day with steady reports of fender benders. There were also a few minor injuries from collisions reported.

At Western, Dave Riddell, director of physical plant, said the snow removal crew was busy all day.

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