Significant snowfall hits Toronto, drivers face messy evening commute – Global News

Significant snowfall hits Toronto, drivers face messy evening commute - Global News
GTA commuters face messy drive amid steady snowfall
Environment Canada has issued a special weather advisory for Toronto as significant snowfall begins to hit the city on Monday and the City says plowing will begin Monday evening.

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

Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge have all declared a snow event starting on Monday at 11.59 p.m., giving residents until then to remove their parked cars from the street.

Video: Toronto prepares for first major snowfall

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

"Normally an extreme cold weather alert would be called before we would open up Metro Hall, which provides about 50 additional spaces, but given the weather… we felt it was important to provide as much additional shelter capacity as we could this evening," City of Toronto spokesperson Brad Ross said. 

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

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

“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.

Light snow will begin this morning and is expected to become heavy at times this afternoon and continue through the evening. Snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 cm are possible by the time the snow ends, the national weather agency said in its weather advisory.

The City of Toronto said in an update Monday evening that plowing on main roads would occur between 9 p.m. on Monday and 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

The City of Toronto also said that while the temperature overnight Monday doesnt trigger an extreme cold weather alert, they are opening Metro Hall as a warming centre tonight starting at 7 p.m. out of an abundance of caution.

GTA residents facing messy commute home amid steady snowfall

Temperatures will be steady near -2 C with wind chills near -11 C for Toronto. Winds will be northeast at 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h, Environment Canada said.

A weather advisory was issued for southern Ontario as we get ready for some heavy snowfall. Winter is here early this year, and some regions are expecting to see up to 30 cm of snow. The southern Ontario weather warnings were issued by Environment Canada for multiple different cities. St. Catharines, northern Niagara region, and Hamilton are the cities that are expected to see 30 cm, CP24 reports. Burlington and Oakville could see up to 25cm. Toronto could see up to 15cm later this afternoon. The snow is expected to start with flurries and build up later in the day, according to the Weather Network. This means that you should watch out for the evening commute home because it will likely be messy. “This is not your typical November snowfall, which usually melts quickly, as Tuesday and Wednesday will look and feel like January with record cold temperatures expected,” warns Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Vaughan, Milton, Caledon Richmond Hill, Pickering, Oshawa are also under a weather advisory.School bus cancellations in Halton and Niagara regions have already been issued, according to CP24. However, school will still be open. Toronto Pearson International Airport is asking the public to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.

“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 centimetres in Toronto,” Hull said.

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Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Niagara

“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.”

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

"Normally an extreme cold weather alert would be called before we would open up Metro Hall, which provides about 50 additional spaces, but given the weather… we felt it was important to provide as much additional shelter capacity as we could this evening," City of Toronto spokesperson Brad Ross said. 

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

As the snow continues into the afternoon commute – drivers please slow down, be cautious and watch for pedestrians and cyclists, the city said in a tweet Monday afternoon. Please plan your travel ahead of time, leave extra time, be patient and consider using public transit.

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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.

If flying from Pearson today, leave yourself lots of extra time as traffic may be impacted by snow. And before heading out, check your flight status with your airline, or on our website, as were seeing some delays and cancellations, the airport said in a tweet.

GTA bracing for first major snowfall of the season

Salting operations on local streets commenced at approximately 1pm and will continue until approximately 11pm

Light snow will begin this morning and is expected to become heavy at times this afternoon and continue through the evening. Snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 cm are possible by the time the snow ends, the national weather agency said in its weather advisory.

Snowfall advisory in effect for central Ontario: Environment Canada

Drivers around the GTA are continuing to see some messy road conditions as Toronto sees its first big blast of winter weather.

The City of Toronto also said that while the temperature overnight Monday doesnt trigger an extreme cold weather alert, they are opening Metro Hall as a warming centre tonight starting at 7 p.m. out of an abundance of caution.

With steady snowfall throughout the day and no signs of the precipitation letting up, roads around the city are slick and messy and city officials are urging people to drive with extra caution.

It is a slow and snowy commute home with HSR buses reporting delays of up to an hour in the city and police and emergency services reporting numerous accidents on highways in and around Hamilton and the GTA, as well as in the Kitchener, Brantford and Haldimand-Norfolk areas.

As the snow continues into the afternoon commute – drivers please slow down, be cautious and watch for pedestrians and cyclists, the city said in a tweet Monday afternoon. Please plan your travel ahead of time, leave extra time, be patient and consider using public transit.

The seasons first real dumping of snow started this morning and was only expected to get worse into the evening following a winter storm warning from Environment Canada that called for up to 30 cm of snow in the Hamilton area by Tuesday morning.

CP24 cameras caught a number of vehicles struggling to navigate the messy roads, many that had not yet switched over to snow tires.

Northeast winds off of Lake Ontario combined with the higher terrain of the Niagara escarpment will lead to greater amounts near Hamilton eastward across northern Niagara. These are the areas could see total snowfall amounts between 25 and 30 cm.

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York Regional Police said in a tweet that officers are responding to a number of collisions and urged drivers to slow down.

The TTC reported Monday evening that most bus routes around the city and some streetcar lines are running about 15 minutes behind schedule because of the weather.

By 3:30 p.m. Monday, Hamilton police had responded to 31 accidents, but that does not include drivers who self-reported fender benders and other small crashes at the accident reporting centre at Hamilton police headquarters.

Toronto area airports are advising passengers to check their flight status ahead of time due to the inclement weather.

Pearson International Airport said there have been a number of flight delays and cancellations today because of the weather.

Significant snowfall on its way

If flying from Pearson today, leave yourself lots of extra time as traffic may be impacted by snow. And before heading out, check your flight status with your airline, or on our website, as were seeing some delays and cancellations, the airport said in a tweet.

Environment Canada issued winter weather travel advisories for much of southern Ontario ahead of the storm, and said Toronto could see up to 15 centimetres of snowfall today.

Light snow will begin this morning and is expected to become heavy at times this afternoon and continue through the evening. Snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 cm are possible by the time the snow ends, the national weather agency said in its weather advisory.

Travel will be impacted today due to accumulating snow, particularly during the afternoon commute.

A snowfall warning is in effect for the regions of Halton and Peel. Hamilton and Niagara Region, which are expected to see greater levels of accumulation than Toronto, are currently under snowfall and winter storm warnings.

Winter weather advisory issued

The heavy snow, Environment Canada said, is due to a low pressure system tracking south of the lower Great Lakes today.

Toronto will see a high of -2 C today but the temperature will feel closer to -11 with the wind chill.

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Vince Sferrazza, director of operations and maintenance for the City of Toronto, said crews were out last night preparing for todays snowfall.

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As soon as we found out there was going to be a significant weather event today we began bringing in the crews and the equipment. So we are ready, he told CP24 on Monday.

Last night we actually began pre-treating the expressways, hills and some other significant areas…That allows the salting operations to be more effective.

The City of Toronto also said that while the temperature overnight Monday doesnt trigger an extreme cold weather alert, they are opening Metro Hall as a warming centre tonight starting at 7 p.m. out of an abundance of caution.

"Normally an extreme cold weather alert would be called before we would open up Metro Hall, which provides about 50 additional spaces, but given the weather… we felt it was important to provide as much additional shelter capacity as we could this evening," City of Toronto spokesperson Brad Ross said. 

"The snow is blowing and it is only Nov. 11 so it will be some temporary respite at least for some people who need to come in from the cold tonight."

A vehicle navigates snow-covered roads in downtown Toronto Monday November 11, 2019. (Joshua Freeman /CP24)

People make their way through the snow at the University of Torontos campus in Toronto on Monday, November 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette