Significant snowfall hits Toronto, messy afternoon commute ahead – Global News

Significant snowfall hits Toronto, messy afternoon commute ahead - Global News
Weather advisory issued for Toronto, GTA ahead of significant snowfall
Environment Canada has issued a special weather advisory for Toronto as significant snowfall begins to hit the city on Monday and motorists are being warned of a messy commute home.

The agency said the winter weather travel advisory is in effect for all day Monday and into the evening hours. Light snow is expected to start off in the morning, then become heavy at times in the afternoon and continue in the evening, the weather agency said.

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Video: Toronto prepares for first major snowfall

Environment Canada is forecasting snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 cm in Toronto by the time the snow ends late tonight.

Global News meteorologist Ross Hull said heading west of Toronto areas like Oakville and Burlington could see closer to 15 to 25 cm of snow.

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The heaviest amounts are expected along the Niagara escarpment, between Hamilton towards St. Catharines, where up to 30 cm of snow is possible, Hull said.

The weather agency is forecasting "significant" levels of snow to begin falling Monday afternoon from the Quebec border all the way south to the Gananoque, Ont., region.

“Travel conditions on the roads will deteriorate throughout the day and the snow combined with dropping temperatures will make for a slippery evening commute across the GTA,” Hull said.

Travel will be affected by the snowfall, which is being caused by a developing low pressure system that will track south of the Great Lakes tomorrow, Environment Canada said.

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The City of Toronto tweeted just before 11:30 a.m. that salt trucks were out on the expressways in response to the light snow accumulating.

Work from home tomorrow (if you’re allowed to), use transit, or just take a day off, stay low. You may be a very good driver, but you’re not the only one on the roads. And watch the accident reports tomorrow, there will be plenty of those you will say about “thank god i wasn’t there”… Allow those other drivers to get used to the winter driving conditions, and maybe for some of them – to realize that this is Canada (where sometimes we have some Snow, you know)…

“Spot salting has commenced on main roads, hills and bridges. Separated bike lands are being spot salted where required,” City of Toronto’s TO Winter Operations account tweeted.

In response to light snow, salt trucks are out on expressways. Spot salting has commenced on main roads, hills and bridges. Separatedbike lanes being spot salted where required.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said the snow will intensify after 8 a.m. and the brisk northeast end will make it feel like -8 by 11 a.m. Taylor said the snow will continue into the evening hours, while the windchill drops to near -15.

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Temperatures will be steady near minus 2 with wind chills near minus 11 for Toronto. Winds will be northeast at 20 kilometres hour gusting to 40 kilometres an hour, Environment Canada said.

“This is quite an impressive snow and cold outbreak for the area — certainly more typical of what we see in January rather than November. The average snowfall for the entire month of November is 7.5 cm in Toronto,” Hull said.

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“After the snow, near record cold will settle into the area for both Tuesday and Wednesday so the freshly fallen snow will not be melting quickly. Also, with that, Arctic air moving over Georgian Bay and Lake Huron expect snow squalls to develop in the snowbelts.”

Major weather statement in effect for Burlington and Oakville

Snow will intensify today in Toronto and across Southern ON – with rapidly accumulating snow and dropping temps. expect a slippery evening commute. Most of the GTA in line for 10-15 cm Oakville, Burlington 15-20 cm Hamilton east up to 30 cm! #onstorm pic.twitter.com/Ee0Me0r9lH

After record breaking snow Monday record breaking cold Tuesday and Wednesday! I've never seen this type of pattern so early in November during my career…enjoy January in November! pic.twitter.com/hYOs6e0A2l

The agency said the city is expecting light snow to begin this morning and is expected to become heavy at times this afternoon and continue through the evening.

A weather advisory has been issued for Toronto and most of the Greater Toronto Area as heavy snowfall hits southern Ontario on Monday.

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"This snowfall is due to a developing low pressure system which will track south of the lower Great Lakes on Monday," Environment Canada said in a statement.

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"There remains some uncertainty regarding the track of the low, and the expected snowfall amounts."

Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Vaughan, Milton, Caledon Richmond Hill, Pickering, Oshawa are also under a weather advisory.

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The weather agency issued a winter storm warning late Sunday evening for St. Catharines, northern Niagara region, and Hamilton, which could see up to 30 cm of snow.

The weather agency said the snow will begin early Monday morning and will continue through the evening. It is expected to end around midnight.

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Due to accumulating snow, Environment Canada said Mondays commute will be impacted, especially in the afternoon.

Vince Sferrazza of the City of Toronto said they will have a full crew servicing roads and sidewalks on Monday.

Toronto Pearson International Airport is asking the public to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.

The temperature will only reach a high of -2  C on Monday but will feel closer to -11 with the wind chill.

A woman makes way through a winter storm in downtown Toronto on Wednesday February 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Niagara

Snow blows over Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto during a winter storm Tuesday February 12, 2019. (Joshua Freeman /CP24)