Thousands in the dark across GTA, southern Ontario as April ice storm slams the region

Thousands in the dark across GTA, southern Ontario as April ice storm slams the region
Southern Ontario Ice Storm Knocks Out Power, Causes Collisions
TORONTO — More than 40,000 people were without power and one busy Toronto airport had to shut down on Sunday, as southern and central Ontario were battered by another day of freezing rain and ice pellets.

Environment Canada issued weather warnings for the entirety of the region for the second day in a row, advising that strong winds could exacerbate already dangerous conditions.

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Torontos downtown Billy Bishop airport cancelled all departing flights and received only one arrival all day on Sunday, while more than 600 flights were cancelled at the larger Pearson International Airport. Dozens of flights were also cancelled or delayed at Ottawa International Airport.

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Southern Ontario Ice Storm Knocks Out Power, Causes Collisions
Southern Ontario Ice Storm Knocks Out Power, Causes Collisions

Cole Burston/Canadian Press Stefan Randstrom clears ice from his sidewalk in Toronto as a mix of snow, hail, and rain fall on April 15. 2018.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said they would be storing subway trains in tunnels overnight to ensure that doors are not frozen for the start of service on Monday morning. Storm trains would be deployed throughout the night in open cut areas, spraying glycol on the third rail to keep it from freezing.
Freezing rain warning
Freezing rain warning

PHOTOS: Tens of thousands without power, ice storm damage

Meantime, provincial power utility Hydro One said Sunday afternoon that extra crews were working to address more than 42,000 power outages, with fallen trees and broken poles causing most of the issues. Toronto Hydro said approximately 10,800 of its customers were without power across the city Sunday evening.

The TTC was forced to shut down Line 3 (Scarborough RT) because of ice build up on the third rail. It’s uncertain at this time if the line will reopen in time for the morning commute. Shuttle buses were operating between Kennedy and McCowan stations.

The mixture of freezing rain and ice pellets also made for nasty road conditions, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area.

“These ice pellets have acted like very dense snow on the road,” he said. “That’s created treacherous driving conditions across much of southern Ontario, but especially in the GTA.”

Video: Freezing rain causes crashes, cancellations around Toronto

Slow moving ice storm continues to batter southern Ontario

Ontario Provincial Police have said there were more than 550 crashes on highways surrounding Toronto on Saturday — none of them fatal — and that there had been dozens more early Sunday.

Sydney Milgrom/CrowdSpark via CP First responders work at the scene of a car accident on Highway 404 by Woodbine during an ice storm on April 14, 2018.

Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop airport cancelled all departing flights and only received one arrival all day on Sunday, while more than 600 flights were cancelled at Pearson International Airport.

Strong winds wreak havoc as southern Ontario winter storm continues

“These ice pellets have acted like very dense snow on the road,” said Chris Scott, chief meteorologist with The Weather Network. “Thats created treacherous driving conditions across much of southern Ontario, but especially in the GTA.”

Ice build-up combined with wind gusts of up to 90 km/h were responsible for a number of fallen trees and broken limbs which took down power lines and caused power outages across the city of Toronto.

Environment Canada issues freezing rain warning for Ottawa

Provincial police said there were roughly 750 crashes on highways surrounding Toronto on Saturday, and there had been nearly 700 more by early Sunday afternoon. None of the crashes were fatal.

Wind warnings were also issued, with gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour forecast for the Hamilton area — strong enough to cause property damage and further power outages.

Cole Burston/Canadian Press A man skis past houses on the edge of Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto as a mix of snow, hail, and rain fall on April 15. 2018.

PHOTOS: Tens of thousands without power, ice storm damage
PHOTOS: Tens of thousands without power, ice storm damage

Multiple universities had to cancel their weekend exams because of the dangerous conditions, which caused problems for students such as Jamie Nicholson.

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The food science student at Guelph University added that the situation caused headaches because the exams would take place next weekend, when some students like himself already had plans.

“Some people have it a lot worse though, because they booked flights out of the country or back home,” he said.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said they would be storing subway trains in tunnels overnight to ensure that doors are not frozen for the start of service on Monday morning. Storm trains would be deployed throughout the night in open cut areas, spraying glycol on the third rail to keep it from freezing.

Nicholson said the situation was also tough because he was told that special accommodations like extra time wouldnt be provided for the re-scheduled exams.

The TTC was forced to shut down Line 3 (Scarborough RT) because of ice build up on the third rail. It’s uncertain at this time if the line will reopen in time for the morning commute. Shuttle buses were operating between Kennedy and McCowan stations.

“That was an issue for me, because I get special accommodations,” he said, adding that in his case, his professor was able to accommodate him, but not all students he knows were able to find a solution.

“These ice pellets have acted like very dense snow on the road,” he said. “That’s created treacherous driving conditions across much of southern Ontario, but especially in the GTA.”

Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS Ice from freezing rain starts to form on a railing in Toronto on Saturday.

On Church St. in #StoneyCreek tonight @alectranews was on scene to deal with power issues following the flooding. Check out the wild waves at the end of this video. Wow. @CHCHNews pic.twitter.com/BzLOqEN8lk

Other local events, such as outdoor viewing parties for the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs, also had to be cancelled on Saturday because of the freezing rain.

Stay home: Ice storm slams Ontario for second day

Scott said areas near Lake Erie were hit with the most precipitation, while the region around St. Thomas, Ont., had the most power outages.

Ice build-up combined with wind gusts of up to 90 km/h were responsible for a number of fallen trees and broken limbs which took down power lines and caused power outages across the city of Toronto.

“Its rare to get such a winter storm this late in the season,” said Scott, noting that southern Ontario hasnt seen such an intense ice storm in April in over a decade.

Ontario Provincial Police said there were roughly 750 crashes on highways surrounding Toronto on Saturday, and there had been more than 700 more by Sunday evening. None of the crashes were fatal.

#HWY400 Mess with Freezing Rain #onstorm #ONHwys #FreezingRain #Barrie #kingcity @Innisfil_FIRE pic.twitter.com/DV2b1Spjty

More than 50,000 people were without power and one busy Toronto airport had to shut down on Sunday as southern and central Ontario were battered by another day of freezing rain and ice pellets.

The changing weather prompted the city of Mississauga and the Toronto and Area Conservation Authority to issue flood warnings around lakes and rivers.

“It’s rare to get such a winter storm this late in the season,” said Scott, noting that southern Ontario hasn’t seen such an intense ice storm in April in over a decade.

Provincial police in southwestern Ontario also urged drivers to take caution and stay home on Sunday, as heavy rain could make the roads unsafe.

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9:56 PM – A powerful Colorado low delivered strong winds, ice pellets, freezing rain and heavy rain across southern Ontario this past weekend, leaving tens of thousands without power. At the height of the storm on Sunday, nearly 47,000 Hydro One customers were without power. Meanwhile, the Ontario Provincial Police responded to about 1,200 collisions across the Greater Toronto Area, according to Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

Torontos Pearson International Airport urged passengers to check the status of their flights and to arrive early. Over 300 flights were cancelled, with Sundays deteriorating conditions leading to many delays and cancellations at Billy Bishop Airport.

At least one man was sent to hospital with serious injuries on Saturday after a large commercial sign mounted to the ground crashed down on top of him in downtown Hamilton, the CBC reports. An investigation was underway, police told the news agency.

Video: Crews equipped to treat slippery roads during ice storm

As we look ahead, localized flooding is a major concern with this storm as some areas could see up to 60 mm of rain through Monday. Water continues to inundate several places along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

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Jackknife transport truck into the ditch #hwy427 SB North of Finch Ave lanes blocked. #ONStorm #DriveSafe #TrafficAlert #trucks #collision #Hwy401 #onstorm #trucking #Toronto #freezingrain pic.twitter.com/jTcNheBFK7

Spring ice storm leaves roads looking lousy

The #icestorm2018 howls through Toronto this weekend. #torontoweather, #icestorm pic.twitter.com/R5cVGLpWQx

#Icestorm damage five doors down from us on Victoria Street. Neighbours are OK; car, not so much. #LondonON #icestorm2018 pic.twitter.com/kAg5u1PMFp

Measured 10 cm of ice pellets around 1 PM Kitchener Stanley Park. I hacked through this ice pellet concrete layer 10 times on my front lawn to ensure measurement was representative. #onstorm #onwx pic.twitter.com/7wK5XnAcAv

Video: Ice Storm 2018

Did you see this video… friend sent it to me #onstorm car into the house. #TORONTO pic.twitter.com/cEvfqeFvhL

Video: Ice Storm 2018

History repeats itself.  My son and I today, Dad and me 35 years ago to the day.  #kare11weather pic.twitter.com/bxkoDQU914

Photos out of #Erieau this morning are incredible. Both Lake Erie & #Rondeau Bay are flooding into the village. All this heavy rain is only making it worse. Ive never seen it like this before. Bonus points to the kids fishing in their front yard! #ckont #ONStorm pic.twitter.com/3aTT3IMHjV

Freezing rain forecast for northern NB

Storm stretches from northern Ontario all the way down to the Yucatan peninsula. About 3400 km OR more than HALF of Earth's radius (6371 km). #ONstorm #IceStorm2018 pic.twitter.com/jzbus95Yrj

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