Snowy Ontario roads as snow storm moves through
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 1:37 -
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Snowfall warnings cover Ontario from the southwest all the way through to Kingston, including the entire Greater Toronto Area, as a snowstorm moves through the region
Forecasters say parts of southern Ontario are on track for a total of 15-20 cm of snow by the time all is said and done, with the GTA getting 10-15 cm depending on location.
Much of the rest of southern Ontario was covered by a special weather statement warning of significant amounts as well, with up to 20 cm of snow expected in some regions.
With snow already on the ground when the morning commute began, drivers faced a tough ordeal on the region's highways, and some parts of the region had received up to 10 cm by the mid morning.
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Additional amounts between five and 10 cm is expected for parts of the GTA by the time the storm moves through on its way to Atlantic Canada, with higher amounts in the western GTA. Ottawa is on track for around 5 cm, while in Quebec, Montreal is expected to get 5-8 cm, while a snowfall warning is in effect for the Eastern Townships.
For lake shore communities, strong winds will make for a worse experience, with gusts up to 60 km/h causing drifting and blowing snow.
"Travel on the QEW from Burlington to Fore Erie will be highly impacted," Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham warns.
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More than 200 departing and arriving flights at Pearson International Airport were reported cancelled, while rail travellers should prepare for a rough ride into work this morning as well.
Please leave extra commuting time this morning. With the overnight snowfall, we expect possible service delays: http://t.co/QQesp3ctEB— GO Transit (@GOtransit) February 5, 2014
The storm will be mostly over by the afternoon and evening, on its way to Atlantic Canada.
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The snowy wake-up dominated social media in the morning hours.
This is actually the second of two Texas lows targeting eastern Canada in recent days. The first low had an impact over the past weekend. We're keeping an eye on another system that may bring more winter weather to southern Ontario early next week.
January was a comparatively harsh one for southern Ontario, with storm after storm striking the region, along with dangerously cold temperatures, making for what Weather Network meteorologists say is a "classic" winter for Toronto.
The snowy weather along some of the busiest highways in Canada led to fatalities and major traffic chaos. Read a look back at the worst road conditions of 2014.