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Week of Jan. 13, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jan 10th, 2014

It’s a star-studded lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

Music superstar Carly Rae Jepsen stops by to chat about her upcoming debut on Broadway on Monday.

Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson stops by BT with a special announcement.

Fashion and style guru Susie Wall is in Toronto on Wednesday.

Plus, our Frank Ferragine has another edition of Frankie Flowers on Friday!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

 

Rain heading to Toronto, GTA under special weather statement

CityNews | posted Friday, Jan 10th, 2014

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Warmer temperatures and rain could be heading to Toronto and the rest of the GTA on Friday, Environment Canada warned.

The federal agency has issued a special weather statement for the region, warning that widespread fog patches and areas of freezing drizzle are likely on Friday morning.

680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said Toronto will see a cloudy Friday with some flurries ending by the afternoon, followed by flurries or showers in the evening.

“A centimetre or two of snow this morning, mainly for the west end. We get a break for the afternoon, generally just a cloudy sky, and then showers and flurries mixing in through the evening hours, so your drive home could be slippery as well,” Taylor said.

The GTA received more snow overnight, which made for slick driving conditions during the Friday morning commute. The 680News traffic department reports vehicles spun out on several routes.

There’s a high of 2C in the forecast, Taylor said, and the temperature is expected to rise overnight.

The same deepening low pressure system will bring widespread fog patches and areas of freezing drizzle across the GTA. It should clear later in the day, Environment Canada said.

Late Friday evening, the rain will move into southwestern Ontario and eastward. About 10-20 millimetres of rain are expected, and for most areas, it will end by Saturday afternoon.

Ponding and flooding are a concern with the incoming rain and melting snow and ice. Peter Noehammer with Toronto Transporation told CityNews on Thursday they have crews out with bobcats and front-end loaders trying to open clogged catch basins.

With files from Erin Criger and Jaime Pulfer

Toronto hammered by cold spell, air travel & roads affected

CityNews | posted Monday, Jan 6th, 2014

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Toronto is being hammered by a spell of cold weather that is affecting air travel and roads – and it’s going to get colder and snowier on Monday night.

With the wind, it will feel like -35 C to -40 C on Monday night and into Tuesday morning, and similar temperatures are expected across the region, CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said.

Those working outdoors should take extreme caution, as exposed skin may freeze in 10-30 minutes.

The wind chill will improve slowly late Tuesday, Ramsahai said.

But before it does, parts of the GTA will get into snow squalls with reduced visibility and near whiteout conditions on Monday afternoon and evening. Road conditions in the city are expected to worsen Monday night, Ramsahai said.

Snow squall warnings are in effect for parts of the GTA including northern York and Durham regions where 15-30 cm may accumulate by Tuesday morning with near whiteout conditions.

For motorists that find themselves stuck on a snow-blocked highway or in an accident, they could potentially face dangerous wind chills if they have to leave their vehicle.

Travellers are advised to make sure they have an emergency kit in their cars, and enough fuel for their journey.

Weather alerts and warnings

The city is also under an extreme cold weather alert and a wind chill warning.

An extreme cold weather alert is triggered when temperatures are expected to fall below – 15 C. The city makes extra shelter spaces available and overnight street outreach is increased in the downtown core to get the homeless in from the cold.

TTC tokens are also offered so that people can use public transit to get to shelters.

Click here for the full forecast.

A flash freeze warning that was issued earlier Monday, warning of a messy morning commute, has since ended.

Travel advisories

GO Transit advised all passengers to leave extra time for their morning commute, as delays were expected.

Dozens of flights have already been cancelled at Pearson airport. Click here to see if yours was affected.

A Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) spokeswoman said nine flights have been diverted from Montreal and Ottawa to Toronto, which has affected deplaning, but most of the cancellations are weather related.

There were about 1,600 scheduled flights Monday and so far, 163 have been cancelled – about 10 per cent.

“It has been a busy day,” Silvana Aceto of the southern Ontario CAA told CityNews.

“As of 10 a.m. we had over 2,000 calls for service [and] we expect volumes to continue to rise as the temperature drops.”

Aceto noted that on an average winter day, the CAA deals with approximately 3,000 calls. That number can double during severe weather.

OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford said that since midnight, the OPP has received 960 calls for service.

Visit our Storm Centre for live updates on closures and cancellations.

Outside Toronto

Meanwhile, a blizzard warning has been issued for the following places in southern Ontario:

  • Caledon
  • Huron-Perth
  • Waterloo-Wellington
  • Dufferin-Innisfil
  • Grey-Bruce
  • Barrie-Orillia-Midland
  • Port Carling-Port Severn
  • Bracebridge-Gravenhurst

Blizzard-like conditions including near zero visibility and gusty winds over 40 km/h are expected to last for many hours on Monday night.

With files from Erin Criger, CityNews.ca

IN PHOTOS: The Chevrolet City New Year’s Celebration 2014

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Jan 1st, 2014

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Tens of thousands packed into Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square to ring in the new year with Cityline‘s Tracy Moore and Entertainment City‘s Brad Smith.

Take a look at some fun shots of the celebrations below:

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