Weather advisory issued as city announces $90M plan to handle snow, cold

Drivers in the Toronto area could be in for a rough commute home Thursday evening as snow moves into the region.

A winter travel advisory has been issued for Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton, Halton Hills, Milton, Burlington, Oakville, and the regions of York and Durham.

The national weather agency is calling for five to 10 centimetres of snowfall between Thursday evening and Friday morning and says most of the snow is expected to fall on Thursday night.

Snow associated with a deepening low pressure system moving up along the eastern seaboard of the United States will reach southern Ontario later this afternoon, Environment Canadas advisory read.

This snowfall may have major impacts on the commute this evening as well as the commute Friday morning. Motorists should plan for extra time to reach their destination. This is the largest snowfall event so far this season, and the first significant snowfall for many parts of the golden horseshoe.

Toronto will see a high of 1 C Thursday but in the morning, the temperature will feel like -9 with the wind chill.

A winter travel advisory has been issued for Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton, Halton Hills, Milton, Burlington, Oakville, and the regions of York and Durham.

With the Santa Claus parade just days away, it’s about to look a lot more like Christmas in the GTA — but that could mean bad news for drivers.

Environment Canada has issued a winter weather travel advisory for Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, York, Durham, Hamilton and the Niagara region.

Drivers in the Toronto area could be in for a rough commute home Thursday evening as snow moves into the region.

“Snow associated with a deepening low pressure system moving up along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States will reach southern Ontario later this afternoon,” the travel advisory reads.

The agency said a snowfall of five to 10 centimetres is expected across the region, with most of the snow falling Thursday night.

During its annual show-and-tell Thursday, officials said snow-clearing equipment is on its way, salt has been replenished, and crews are ready to respond to broken watermains and pipes.

“Through planning, technology and access to a robust fleet of snow-clearing vehicles, we are confident that residents and visitors will be able to get around safely and effectively all winter long.”

What you're looking at is 2,500 tons of salt, just a fraction of the 100,000 tons of salt the city will use this winter in it's battle against the snow pic.twitter.com/zZN9Tcd77e

The city budgets more than $90 million every year to keep roads and sidewalks clear. It has dedicated more than 1,500 contracted and city staff to the job, and they are on standby around the clock.

“Salters are here, more equipment is on its way and staff and contractors are ready 24-7 to keep our roads safe now and into April if needed, said Barbara Gray, general manager of Transportation Services.

We have a comprehensive winter operations plan that will help us through the entire 2018-19 winter season.”

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Just think…there are thousands of drivers out there that can’t drive and this will be their first taste of winter.

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