Thursday, February 27th 2020, 3:40 pm - Powerful winds and heavy snow have made travel a nightmare across southern Ontario, though the heaviest snow has so far been in eastern Ontario.
The hopes raised by the spring-like temperatures of the past weekend have been very thoroughly dashed across Ontario, with a powerful winter storm bringing heavy snow into Thursday.
Worsening matters is the strong winds, making for blowing snow conditions that made for even worse travel on the highways, while in the Grey-Bruce area, they triggered blizzard warnings.
NUMEROUS COLLISIONS, AT LEAST ONE FATALITY REPORTED
Numerous collisions have been reported on Ontario's highways amid the poor conditions. One person was reported dead in collision on Highway 11 near Timmins according to CTV, along with reports of a multi-vehicle pileup on Highway 11 between Orillia and Barrie.
In the Ottawa area, where snow totals are set to be much higher than in southwestern Ontario, numerous OC Transpo delays have been reported. In the skies, hundreds of flights into and out of Toronto's Pearson Airport have been cancelled or delayed, with scores of departures and arrivals at Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier airport similarly affected, with a third of all departures cancelled, according to FlightAware.com.
Below is a selection of Tweets showing how the storm has been playing out so far.
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Rollover Dump truck #Hwy400 NB just before #Hwy9 only one right lane open. #ONStorm #Weather @511Ontario @511ONCentral @OntarioHwy401 @TalkTruckSonny Subra on Twitter
Someone shook the snow globe in Ottawa a little too hard today 😂- 📹 @LucianaTweets #Canada #OttWeather #ONStorm #Ontario #Ottawa https://t.co/bRWbpIcXoIFreshdaily on Twitter
Some wintery scenes in Ottawa. Via @m_aspirot #ottnewsKimberley Molina on Twitter
WinterWonderland #ottweatherJudith Bosloy on Twitter
OC Transpo bus stuck on O'Connor just north of Sparks. The No-Parking sign is at fault. On a sidenote, just rode the LRT from Parliament to St-Laurent and back. Headways around 8-10 minutes both directions. #Ottlrt #ottawalrt #ottawa #octranspo #ottnews #ottcity #ONStormO-Train Fans on Twitter
Beautiful day for a snowmageddon run! #ONstorm #ottweather #ottawaJon Ward on Twitter
Sure, Winter, you're pretty, but I am so over you. #February #Ottawa #ONStorm #shovelLynne MacLean on Twitter
The view from my dining room window this morning. No school buses, but school still open for those who could make it. #ONStorm #BowmanvilleBob Neufeld on Twitter
I am done with winter! 🥺❄️ #ONStorm #Snowmageddon2020 #exhaustedMental Health Girl on Twitter
Heavy blowing snow near Brodhagen, vis occasionally to zero and 1.5FT drifts crossing county roads. #ONStorm #onwx #Blizzard @ECCCWeatherONDavid Piano on Twitter
Toronto #ONStormJohnny Starzzz on Twitter
Only a 3 month #bordercollie would find this #ONStorm fun and exciting.Diane & Jack Chaffe on Twitter
❄️ Snow accumulation update #4 📍 Southampton, ON 📅 Thursday Feb 27 🕑 12:00pm #ONstorm44 North Media on Twitter
Orléans, Ottawa. Still snowing! #ONStormKaren on Twitter