RNC reports eight traffic collisions in St. John's this morning.

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The west-bound lane of the Outer Ring Road between Allandale Road and Thorburn Road has been closed due to traffic collisions in the area.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said on Twitter minutes ago, officers have responded to eight collisions since early this morning.

The RNC is asking motorists to please exercise caution when driving in this area.

Snowfall that turned to freezing drizzle this morning caused slippery conditions in St. John's-metro and more freezing drizzle is in the forecast for tonight.

The deadline for studded tires was last Thursday, meaning many motorists had their winter tires removed last week, not anticipating more winter weather to hit im May.

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Studs and Duds
    May 06, 2014 - 16:52

    The winter tires weren't removed because drivers didn't anticipate winter weather, they were removed because people get ticketed if they leave them on. It is idiotic that the government doesn't set the date for removal at June 1 and leave it there. Practically every year we get snow and cold temperatures in May. We are told every fall that we should get our winter tires on if the weather drops below 7 degrees because all season tires don't adhere to roads at low temps. It is often below 7 degrees in May, especially in the early mornings. All of the coming week has forecasted highs below 7 degrees. It is idiotic to extend the deadline just because snow happens to be forecasted for May 1. How often have we seen snow on the May 24 long weekend? Is there anyone with any common sense in this government? They try to blame the ruts on studs, but it is poor materials that are the problem there. I'd like to see a class action suit against the government launched by those who had accident damage today.

  • Roxann Ivany
    May 06, 2014 - 14:07

    A lot of the problem is that people don't slow down in this kind of weather.