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‘Significant’ weekend winter storm forecast for southern Ontario

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, Jan 3rd, 2015

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A special weather statement is in effect for southern Ontario, with significant snowfall, rain and possibly freezing rain expected to move into the area on Saturday and Sunday.

Toronto and the regions of Halton, Peel, York and Durham are included in the statement.

“Travel will likely be difficult at times this weekend, considering the changes in the weather during the storm,” the agency said.

CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai says areas of the GTA can expect one to four centimetres of wet snow beginning near lunchtime, followed by about three to six millimetres of ice and then 15 to 25 millimetres of rain.

The city is preparing for whatever Mother Nature can throw its way.

“As soon as the snow starts to come down, salters will be deployed. The city has approximately 200 salters available,” said city road operations manager Hector Moreno.

GO Transit is also getting ready.

“We are in storm watch so we prepare ahead of time,” said Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins. “We don’t wait until weather happens. We prepare ahead of time with extra crews.”

Tracks will be monitored and crews will be out salting.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is also calling in extra staff, and Air Canada is waiving fees to re-book flights on Saturday to and from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

On Sunday, temperatures are forecast to be well above freezing, reaching double digits in some areas.

But a cold front will sweep across southern Ontario through the day, bringing a return to cold temperatures, strong winds and flurries.

Click here for the latest traffic updates from 680News.

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