Good morning! Region digs out from wintery dump

The region dug out from 20 or more centimetres of drifting snow that fell during yesterday's snowstorm and overnight. The photo shows a residential street in Chesterville, early this morning. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Snowmobiles were pressed back into service for transportation this morning, as roads transformed into a snowy mess after a winter wallop yesterday afternoon and overnight.

The major winter storm affected the Northeastern States, Quebec, and Eastern Ontario, as well as the Hamilton and Niagara regions, says Environment Canada, which had forecast the cold, wintery blast of snow. The agency reports 20 cm of snow fell in Cornwall as of 5 p.m. yesterday, with an estimated 30 to 35 cm in Alexandria, and 19 cm in Moose Creek.

Driving conditions proved challenging this morning. After digging out of their driveways, commuters were greeted with drifting roads in places. A Nation Valley News staff member noticed a vehicle being retrieved from the bottom of a ditch by a tow truck earlier this morning.