Weather serves up warmer than usual Thanksgiving
You would be hard pressed to find fault with the weather this Thanksgiving weekend.
Environment Canada is forecasting unusually warm weather with temperatures expected in the high teens and clear blue skies through out the long weekend.
Typically, the temperatures sit around 13 C at this time of the year, senior climatologist Dave Phillips said.
The fall colours are out in full glory and with no rain expected, Phillips called the weekend weather “a perfect 10 on 10.”
But as gorgeous as those leaves look, the OPP is warning drivers to keep their eyes focused on the road.
“Distraction is a major concern,” said OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford. “There will be lots of people making day trips to see the fall colours, they’ll be on unfamiliar roads and looking around instead of paying attention to the road.”
The OPP will also be on the lookout for the other usual culprits, including aggressive driving, impaired driving, seatbelt infractions and texting while driving.
Two years ago, 11 people died on OPP patrolled highways during the Thanksgiving long weekend. Last year, only one person died, Woodford.
“That’s an improvement, but it’s still one person too many,” he said.
Give yourself plenty of extra time as the roads are expected to be busier than usual.
--Tamara Baluja, Staff Reporter