Luke Peters is a Digital Journalism and Political Science major and international student. He has covered stories in the local Windsor community regarding topics such as politics, business, technology, arts and culture.
Snowfall hit Windsor on Monday as predicted by Environment Canada in their special weather statement.
The Alberta clipper brought the seasons first measurable snowfall, around 10 centimetres so far, with forecasts predicting over 30 centimetres in some parts of southern Ontario. Temperatures are predicted to hit minus eight by Thursday, before rising back to around zero degrees for the remainder of the week.
WEATHER ALERT: An Alberta Clipper is expected to deliver the first notable snowfall of the season throughout Windsor-Essex.
— AM800news (@AM800News) December 10, 2017
This table shows the weather conditions for the next week.
Students are reminded to check for updates on travel safety during exam season, and for the exams themselves should they be postponed due to the weather. Richard Galoyo, a Criminology and Sociology major, expresses his concern about the exam season and the weather saying, “I’ve been studying non stop for two weeks and I’d hate if the weather decided my preparation was pointless.”
With issues of driver safety at peak concern during such weather, the OPP reminds citizens to refrain from using 911 to inquire about road conditions. Const. Jay Denorer states that 911 is primarily when life or property are in immediate threat or if a crime is in progress.
Denorer adds that 911 calls take time to verify and investigate, so calls that are not emergencies could hinder the hotline, which slows down response time for emergencies.
Huron County – front line officers reporting intense snow squall activity in the area. The squalls, combined with blowing winds are making driving conditions less than favourable.
Do not call 911 for road/weather conditions.
— OPP West (@OPP_WR) December 12, 2017
The Ministry of Transportation provides the Ontario 511, which is a phone and online service. It includes the latest information on provincial highways. Road closures, winter road conditions and construction projects are compiled through the 511 service. The service is voice-activated and hands-free for people who want to check for road conditions while driving.
A survey in 2012 by the City of Windsor found that 3634 car accidents took place. 83 per cent of the accidents happened in clear conditions while 5.7 per cent, 110, of accidents were attributed to weather and light conditions described as snowy. In a separate analysis 5.4 per cent, 194, of all accidents related to road conditions were attributed to snow and ice on roads.
This holiday, the University of Windsor encourages students and international students to participate in the ‘Host for the Holidays’ event taking place on Dec. 24, 25 and 26. The event is organized by the International Student Centre to give foreign students a chance to celebrate a traditional Canadian Christmas. “We want international students to feel welcome and experience the cultural festivities of Canada.” says Amal Jammali, Office Coordinator for the ISC.
The university student body represents students from about 100 different countries, making 17 per cent of those enrolled. With the exam season now in swing, many students don’t have the means to go home and spend the holidays with their family so the ISC is looking for volunteers to invite international students to spend the holidays with them.
The deadline for applications is Dec. 15. To learn more about the event and get involved, visit the page on the university’s website.