Provincial police respond to over 350 snow related crashes on GTA roads

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Provincial police respond to over 350 snow related crashes on GTA roads
Cross-country skiers make their way through freshly-fallen snow in Toronto's Christie Pits park, Sunday, February 27, 2011. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement due to the possibility of heavy rainfall, a risk of thunderstorms, snow, and freezing rain for the GTA and surrounding areas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

TORONTO:  Provincial police say the winter weather is factoring into a steady increase of crashes in Greater Toronto Area this weekend.

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says officers responded to over 350 crashes in the GTA within 24 hours starting on Saturday afternoon.

Most of Ontario is under an extreme cold weather alert and the southern half of the province received a fresh blanket of snow on Saturday night.

Schmidt has been posting the increasing number of collisions on GTA roads on Twitter.

One of the crashes saw a vehicle lose control in the snow, hitting a transport truck that then rolled into a ditch.

Schmidt says no one was injured in the crash, but other drivers might not be as lucky if they’re not careful.

He’s asking drivers to stay home if they can, but if not, he says to slow down and drive with extra care as some roads might still be covered with snow and slush.