The winter storm in Toronto continues to impact road conditions and has resulted in a number of school closures and transportation delays on Tuesday.
The weather system, which is bringing a mix of snow, ice pellets and possibly freezing rain, will pound the region throughout the day.
A winter storm warning is in effect for Toronto with snow, at times heavy, mixed with ice pellets by the afternoon.
“The temperature is warming up. It’s warming up where we live on the surface, but it’s warming up faster up in the clouds and that means we’re going to get this transition around 1 or 2 p.m.,” Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell said.
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“Some places like Hamilton are already seeing ice pellets and that’s what is expected here. It’s going to last through the afternoon commute so the snowfall totals will be capped about 15 cm. Then we get some freezing rain, then rain, and then changing over to snow before tapering off.”
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Environment Canada said the precipitation will be accompanied by strong easterly winds gusting near 70 km/h.
Total snowfall and ice pellet of 15 to 25 cm is possible by the time snow tapers to flurries on Wednesday.
Officials are advising people to postpone non-essential travel until conditions improve.
Snow day for most Toronto-area schools
Some school boards across the Greater Toronto Area declared a snow day for students even before the snow started falling early Tuesday.
The Toronto District School Board, the largest school board in Canada with 246,000 students in 582 schools, called its first snow day since 2011. Toronto Catholic District School Board closed all its schools, too.
“So it’s actually a rarity for the TDSB to do that but looking at today’s forecast, the combination of significant amounts of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, heavy winds, we made the heavy decision to shut down the system,” TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird said.