Travel not recommended in southern Ont., ice storm continues

Travel not recommended in southern Ont., ice storm continues
Thousands without power in Toronto Sunday night as icy blast hits southern Ontario
Thousands are still without power this morning after high winds and freezing rain hit Toronto and much of southern Ontario on Sunday.

Toronto Hydro says about 10,000 customers scattered throughout the city are currently without power. At the height of the storm, about 44,000 customers were impacted by the outage.

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Thousands without power in Toronto Sunday night as icy blast hits southern Ontario

Speaking to CP24 on Monday morning, Toronto Hydro spokesperson Tori Gass said crews have been working "non-stop" since the start of the storm.

Over the weekend, 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 were deployed throughout the night in open cut areas, spraying glycol on the third rail to keep it from freezing.

About 10000 still without power in Toronto after Sundays ice storm

"The wind storm probably did more damage than the freezing rain and the ice," she said. 

The aftermath of the ice storm also caused transit headaches for TTC riders who use Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) and Line 3 (Scarborough RT). On Sunday, the TTC was forced to shut down Line 3 because of ice build up on the third rail. Service resumed just before 7:30 a.m. on Monday.
Thousands without power in Toronto Sunday night as icy blast hits southern Ontario
Thousands without power in Toronto Sunday night as icy blast hits southern Ontario

"It is going to be a little bit tricky (with) difficult conditions out there," she added. 

Ahead of the Monday morning commute, the TTC also suspended subway service on Line 2 between Victoria Park and Kennedy stations because of hydro issues at Warden Station. Just after 7 a.m., TTC spokesman Brad Ross tweeted that service had resumed.

Hydro One also said about 67,000 of its customers are in the dark this morning.

As of 6 a.m. on Monday, around 10,000 customers were still without power. At the height of the storm, Toronto Hydro said around 44,000 were without power. Outside of the city, Hydro One said it is working to restore power 66,000 customers.

"We already restored power to 123,000 customers since Saturday. So really if you are looking at the magnitude of the storm, nearly 200,000 of our customers have been impacted," Jay Armitage, a spokesperson for Hydro One, told CP24 Monday. 

About 10000 still without power in Toronto after Sundays ice storm
About 10000 still without power in Toronto after Sundays ice storm

"We are not out of the woods yet. We do imagine that more and more customers will continue to be impacted throughout the day." 

The weather also had a major impact at Pearson International Airport. At the height of the storm, more than 600 flights were cancelled. There are still some cancellations at Pearson on Monday morning.

She said Hydro One is not able to provide a clear timeline as to when all customers will be back online.

Ice pellets will change to snow and some rain toward noon

"As we see the storm pass and as day break comes this morning, we are going to have 1400 power line workers, forestry workers out in southwestern Ontario and central Ontario helping to get the power on as quickly as possible," she said. 

Freezing rain and wind warnings previously issued for the city have ended, but a rainfall warning remains in effect.

Due to the ongoing storm on Monday school buses were cancelled in the GTA, including Toronto, and public and Catholic schools were closed in Brampton, Mississauga, and Halton Region.
Tens of thousands without power as Ontarios ice storm turns to downpour
Tens of thousands without power as Ontarios ice storm turns to downpour

Environment Canada says the region can expect approximately 20 to 30 millimetres of rainfall until the system tapers off late Monday. 

The weather agency says a freezing rain warning is still in place for parts of the GTA, including Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and Markham.

The Toronto and Region and Conservation Authority also has a flood watch in effect to remind everyone to stay well back from the waterways.

Video: High winds, freezing rain lead to power outages

Strong overnight winds reached up to 100km/h in some areas of the GTA overnight, downing trees and power lines.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break.

Toronto police said they have received multiple reports of downed hydro wires around the city and downed hydro poles have closed Victoria Park Avenue from Steeles Avenue to Gordon Park Road.

A long-lasting period of freezing rain resulting in ice accumulation is expected or occurring in North Bay, Powassan, Mattawa and West Nipissing, as well as northeastern, central and eastern Ontario.

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Power issues and icy conditions caused a waterfall of delays and suspensions on the TTC early Monday morning. Portions of Line 2 were suspended periodically throughout the morning, though service has since been restored.

Appreciable ice accumulations in combination with brisk northeast winds gusting up to 50 km/h range may result in localized power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines this morning.

Up to 15 mm of freezing rain set to fall over northern NB

The Scarborough RT, which was suspended due to ice-covered rails on Sunday, resumed shortly before 7:30 a.m. Monday, though not without causing commuter congestion and confusion at some stations. 

Freezing rain and ice pellets will change over to snow later this morning then to a messy mix of wet snow and some rain toward noon.

Video: Burlington and Hamilton hit hard by ice storm

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For those who rely on GO Transit, Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins says the agencys tracking system has been affected by a power outage, which is preventing them from providing up-to-date travel times and delays on their website. She urged anyone looking for an update about their GO Transit route to check the agencys Twitter account.

Conditions will slowly improve later today as the temperature edges to just above freezing.

Video: Burlington and Hamilton hit hard by ice storm

Were having some impacts from the awful weather including losing power to our tracking system. Delays cannot be posted on our website. Follow @GOtransit for updates. Kitchener & Milton has some delays currently.

Due to an issue unrelated to weather, travellers utilizing the Milton line should expect very long delays, she added.

Ponding and pooling has been reported on roadways across the city and the weather has prompted school boards across the GTA to cancel buses and close schools this morning.

As temperatures rise to a high of 5 C, Environment Canada says melted ice could cause potentially hazardous driving conditions on some roadways and highways.

Toronto police had tweeted about a number of weather-related road incidents by Monday morning including downed wires, pooling and malfunctioning traffic signals.

Hazard: College St/ Ossington Ave.. falling street lamp, reportedly hanging from wires. #GO678175^adc

They urged drivers to clear snow and ice off their vehicles before heading out to avoid dangerous situations.

Hazard: SB DVP / Leaside Bridge… stalled vehicle with windshield smashed due to ice off of another vehicle. Minor injuries reported. REMINDER: PLEASE CLEAR YOUR VEHICLES OF SNOW AND ICE.#GO677593^adc

Freezing rain, ice pellets, rain and snow today in Almaguin, North Bay

The erratic weather conditions have left hundreds of passengers stranded at Pearson Airport, with more than 600 flights cancelled over the weekend and many others plagued with lengthy delays.

Exhausted passengers slept in rows on the ground at Terminal 1 on Monday morning while others curled up under their jackets on chairs.

The airport warned passengers heading there today that they should expect busier than usual operations at the due to the weather. Travellers are advised to check their flight status ahead of time as delays and cancellations have been reported.

Toronto Maple Leafs fans hoping to cheer on the team from Maple Leafs Square tonight in Game 3 against the Boston Bruins will have to make alternative plans.

The ongoing wet weather conditions has prompted the MLSE to cancel the tailgate party.

Conditions will continue to be monitored over the next 24 hours to determine the status of the fan tailgate parties in Maple Leaf Square for events scheduled tomorrow (Raptors vs. Wizards) and Thursday (Maple Leafs vs. Bruins), the MLSE wrote in a new release.

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The Toronto Zoo also remains closed today due to the severe weather conditions. They are expected to reopen on Tuesday.

Sleet, rain, flooding and a generally gloomy forecast

A car damaged by a fallen tree branch is shown in Toronto, Monday, April 16, 2018. Tens of thousands of people across southern and central Ontario remained without power Monday morning as the provinces massive ice storm transitioned to drenching rain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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A fallen tree rests atop a house during an ice storm Sunday April 15, 2018. (Courtney Heels /CP24)

A woman crosses the street with a dog in her jacket and a dog in tow in Toronto, Ontario as a mix of snow, hail, and rain fall on Sunday, April 15. 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Manuel Carvilho sweeps snow and ice off his car in Toronto, as a mix of snow, hail, and rain fall on Sunday, April 15. 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

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Ice pellets and freezing rain hammer southern Ontario for second day in a row

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