Update 6 p.m. Sunday: The winter storm warning has ended. An extreme cold warning is still in effect.
SD&G – People in Cornwall and SD&G are digging out Sunday as a snowstorm continues to dump as much as 30 centimeters (12 inches) of snow on the area.
A winter storm warning and an extreme cold warning are still in effect from Environment Canada for SD&G as of 10:30 a.m.
The forecaster was still expecting around 10-15 centimeters (4-6 inches) of snow today, driven by winds up to 50 kilometers an hour, which could cause whiteout conditions.
Some businesses and institutions have already taken steps to protect their workers.
“To ensure the safety of our staff and customers our store still be closed today…stay safe,” Rona Cornwall owner Roy Perkins posted on Facebook. In South Glengarry, Sheep’s Head Bistro in Glen Walter closed for brunch.
The Cornwall Public Library has also been closed today due to the weather.
City of Cornwall Safety, Training and Operations spokesman Tommy Sauve said, with the first major winter storm of the season, equipment was out clearing area streets. “Our best advice is to stay in. If you must head out, clear off all our windows and take it slow.”
#Hwy401 and other hwys are not a good place to be if you don’t have to go out. This is in @leeds1000island area. If you must go, #slowdown, leave room and give yourself LOTS of extra time. #SeeSnowGoSlow Check @511Ontario for road info. @OPP_COMM_ER ^bd pic.twitter.com/5ylziROEe1
— OPP East (@OPP_ER) January 20, 2019