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Toronto, GTA under a winter storm warning

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Feb 12th, 2019

Get those shovels and snowblowers ready because a big belt of winter weather is headed to the GTA, including Toronto, on Tuesday.

A winter storm warning is in effect ahead of a system that’s threatening near white-out conditions for part of the morning rush, and snowy and icy roads for the trip home.

Environment Canada forecasts a combination of 15 to 25 centimetres of snow and ice pellets, along with possible freezing rain.

The agency said strong easterly winds of 40 km/h gusting to 70 km/h will cause reduced visibility in blowing snow, with stronger wind gusts up to 80 km/h possible near the shores of Lake Ontario.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said there will be quite a mix of weather on the way.

“Snow, at times heavy, will mix in with some ice pellets for the early afternoon and then freezing rain for the late afternoon — around 4 o’clock — and then rain tonight,” she explained.

“It’ll be mainly freezing rain for Niagara and areas to the southwest and mainly snow to the east.”

The impending weather caused several school closures across the GTA.

George Brown College will be closed all day — including services such as libraries, and the school’s child care centres.

All campuses of Centennial College will be closed for the day.

As well, Ryerson University is closed today. This includes all classes, university-run events, research labs, business services and administrative operations. Student residences remain open.

A number of school bus cancellations are also in effect. Click here for a full list of school bus cancellations and school closures.

City of Toronto has prepared its salt trucks to hit the streets on Tuesday morning.

The TTC is advising commuters to allow for extra time for their morning commute, as service may be slower than usual with the weather.

Pearson airport is also reminding travelers to confirm flight status with the airline before leaving home, as delays and cancellations are expected.

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