Over 20 cm of snow piles up in eastern Ontario, Quebec, prompts school bus cancellations and travel delays
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 9:57 AM -
Police across southern and eastern Ontario are advising motorists to be prepared as they head out on the roads today.
A deep low pressure system tracking up along the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. spread heavy snow into eastern Ontario and Quebec as forecast.
"10 to 15 cm have already fallen in many areas," said Environment Canada in their statement early Wednesday morning. "Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are quite likely by the time the snow comes to an end later today."
The system pushed into southern Ontario on Tuesday afternoon, bringing light drizzle to much of the GTA.
"It wasn't until after the evening rush hour when we started to see the heavy snow accumulate," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani. "And the snow picked up through the overnight hours, intensifying from Niagara to Ottawa early Wednesday."
In fact, Ottawa airport recorded 5 cm of snow within just one hour alone.
The winter-like weather prompted several school bus cancellations across the region as road conditions deteriorated quickly Wednesday morning.
Flight delays and cancellations were also reported, and travelers are urged to call ahead to check the status of their flights.
Hazardous driving conditions are expected to continue through the day with low visibility in areas of heavy and accumulating snow.
Drivers are being asked to check their fluids, have a winter survival kit and keep a safe distance from other vehicles, police say.
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The heavy and wet snow may also result in some falling tree branches and power lines, with local power outages expected, EC warns.
Snowfall amounts across the GTA are much less significant, but slick roads could still slow the commute through the day on Wednesday.
"Toronto's Pearson airport picked up its first centimetre of snow early Wednesday and light flurries could persist through the afternoon," says Vaswani. "The heaviest bands of snow however, will stay far east and southwest of the City of Toronto."