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Coldest weather of the season expected this week

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jan 4th, 2015

Residents in the GTA will be hit with the coldest weather of the season this week, according to Environment Canada.

A “frigid Arctic air mass” will arrive Sunday night, leading to a deep freeze in southern Ontario.

Extreme cold warnings are likely throughout the work week due to the combination of cold and wind.

Meanwhile, a snow-squall watch is in effect for parts of the GTA, including Newmarket, Uxbridge and the northern part of York and Durham regions.

Heavy and blowing snow is expected Sunday evening and will continue until Monday evening, reducing visibility. Environment Canada said snow will accumulate quickly.

“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably,” the agency said.

“Changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common.”

A freezing rain warning for the same area, which was put in place Sunday morning as temperatures remained near 0 C, is now over.

‘Significant’ weekend winter storm forecast for southern Ontario

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, Jan 3rd, 2015

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.

5 things to do this weekend: Team Canada, Blades on Stage & flower shows

Showwei Chu | posted Saturday, Jan 3rd, 2015

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

Jan. 2-4, 2015

World Juniors Championships: This annual event, organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation and co-hosted this year by Toronto and Montreal, showcases hockey’s finest young guns from around the world. Canada is still a contender for gold after it beat the U.S. 5-3 in the preliminary round. Team Canada is playing Denmark in the quarter-finals on Friday evening. Air Canada Centre. Until Jan. 5. For prices, click herehockeycanada.ca

Art Spiegelman retrospective: The Art Gallery of Ontario is holding a major retrospective of Pulitzer-Prize winning artist Art Spiegelman, who has illustrated comics for 50 years and is famous for his Maus books which documented his parents’ life during the Holocaust. On exhibit include rarely seen original manuscripts of Maus and 300 other works, including trading cards and magazine covers. 317 Dundas St. W. Until March 14. Exhibition included in admission price: $11-19.50. ago.net

High-Tech Maker Camp: MakerKids is holding day camps for kids throughout the holiday week at its Roncesvalles location, giving children hands-on experience with robotics, electronics and 3D printing. On Friday, kids will get to try 3D printers and lasercutters to make jewelry, a door sign or pretty much anything they can imagine. 2241 Dundas St. W., Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $99. makerkids.com

Blades on Stage: The stage at the Princess of Wales Theatre will be frozen for a holiday performance by famous figure skaters, including Elvis Stojko, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Violetta Afanasieva and Pete Dack. 300 King St. W. Until Sunday. $29-$130. ticketking.com

Flower show: Why not extend the Christmas season a wee bit longer with a visit to the annual Christmas Flower shows at the Allan Gardens Conservatory and the Centennial Park Conservatory. 19 Horticultural Ave. and 151 Elmcrest Rd., respectively. Until Jan. 11. Free.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan 3

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 3rd, 2015

Hockey Night in Canada kicks off 2015 with an action-packed lineup.

There’s an early afternoon game in Los Angeles before a four-game set that includes four Canadian teams.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 4:00 P.M. GAME:

Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings (Sportsnet)

Game notes: Los Angeles is 14-4-2 at home…Nashville is 7-2-1 against Pacific Division opponents in 2014-15…Entering Saturday, the Predators have lost once in regulation in its past seven games (5-1-1).

THE 7:00 P.M. GAMES:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Penguins have scored 16 goals in last three home games vs. Canadiens…Sidney Crosby has 36 points in 26 games against Montreal…Beau Bennett scored three points and Marc-Andre Fleury registered a shutout in a Pittsburgh 3-0 victory over Montreal in November.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Winnipeg Jets 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Garry Galley, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Toronto has lost four of their last five road games in Winnipeg…Entering Friday, Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson leads the NHL in save percentage and goals-against average…Andrew Ladd has eight goals and nine assists in 22 career games vs. Toronto.

THE 10:00 P.M. GAME:

Detroit Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson
Game notes: The Canucks have lost seven of their last 10 games…Detroit is 6-0-2 in their last eight games against Vancouver…Detroit’s power play is 7-for-21 (33.3%) in their last five games.

THE 10:30 P.M. GAME:

St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks (Sportsnet)
Game notes: Sharks forward Joe Thornton is expected to play Saturday night…Vladimir Tarasenko has one goal in five career games against San Jose…Entering Saturday, Tarasenko ranks third in the NHL in goals.

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