Southern Ontario: Snow tapering, but blowing snow reducing visibility
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 8:40 PM -
Conditions have finally started to taper in southern Ontario, but snow and blowing snow will continue to create problems through the evening.
It's been a treacherous day across southern Ontario, with a snow storm prompting multiple car accidents, at least 6,000 power outages and transit delays.
Evening commuters were advised to leave extra time and pack plenty of patience as they made their way home.
Those with air travel plans are advised to call ahead as some airlines have issued weather advisories.
"Although the snow will begin to die down, gusty winds could still be a factor through the evening and overnight hours," warns Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm.
"Non stop problems with spun out vehicles, vehicles into guardrails and vehicles into ditches," Beat the Traffic tweeted.
"If you don't have to travel stay home."
By 8:20 p.m. EST, multiple communities had seen close to 20 cm of snow accumulate, including Hamilton and Mississauga.
Toronto recorded 15 cm, while Thorold saw 27 centimetres.
Wednesday's weather is a far cry from Tuesday's, where several areas enjoyed a taste of spring with mild temperatures and sunny skies.
In contrast, temperatures will continue to fall through Wednesday, making it feel like the mid -20s in some places by the evening. That prompted the City of Toronto to issue an extreme cold weather alert.
In addition, strong northeasterly winds with gusts up to 70 to 80 km/h could result in near blizzard conditions in some places, leading to reduced visibility.
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The good news?
Many students are on March Break this week, so that means schools and buses won't be affected by this storm.