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Saturday December 14th, 2013

Posted at 3:53pm

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Citizens armed with shovels took to sidewalks, driveways and streets to dig out from the first round of this December’s biggest snowfall event.

Environment Canada had issued a snowfall warning for the City of Windsor, Leamington and Essex County as ‘significant snowfall’ was expected to continue through Saturday evening.

Current information indicates that 15-20 cm of snow is possible for the Windsor region — especially for locations near Lake Erie.

Since midnight, more than 25 car crashes were reported to Windsor Police, including two on EC Row.

No major injuries were reported.

In Tecumseh, rescue workers extricated a person from a vehicle that was teetering on the edge of a ditch. Tecumseh Fire and OPP closed Manning near Malden during the crash.

As for plows? They’re hitting the streets.

The City of Windsor’s main salt routes are maintained by 21 vehicles covering 1,067 lane-kilometres or road at a cost of approximately $12,000/hour.

Depending upon the time of day, traffic volumes and snowfall amounts, the City says average routes can take between 3 and 6 hours to complete one pass with a plow. Trucks will continue back over these routes until the storm has stopped and these streets are clear of snow and ice.

Wondering when side (residential) streets will be done? They’re not plowed or salted until the City has received a snowfall in excess of 10 centimetres (4 inches).

The City says the cost to plow and salt all residential streets is in excess of $300,000 per snowfall event.

Snow accumulates on cars at the University of Windsor

Motorists drive down snow-covered Wyandotte Street West

Cars make their way through the snow along Bruce Avenue

A snowblower sits idle on Erie Street

Lanspeary arena sits in the background as Ottawa Street begins to launch their Saturday Winter Fest event

A man walks through a snowy Lanspeary Park

Shop owners shovel walkways on Ottawa Street

A woman uses an electric snowblower in front of MamO Burger on Ottawa Street

Snow sticks to a brick wall in Walkerville

A private plow prepares to clean streets near Walkerville Collegiate Institute

A man walks his dog around a snowy Willistead Park

Snow coats the grass inside Willistead Park

A man shovels his driveway on Cataraqui Street in Walkerville

Snow builds up on the roof of St. Mary’s Anglican church in Walkerville

A worker in Walkerville waits for a pedestrian to pass by before continuing to shovel sidewalks

Family Guy characters adorn the snowy-ledged windows at the Victoria Tavern in Walkerville

Children shovel snow at an address in Walkerville

Cars sit covered with snow on Parent Avenue

A groundskeeper at Caesars Windsor uses a tractor to plow snow

A Windsor Police cruiser sits covered in snow in Downtown Windsor

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