Transit delays, flooding, bus cancellations — prepare for another messy morning commute, Toronto

Transit delays, flooding, bus cancellations — prepare for another messy morning commute, Toronto

It could be a soggy commute this morning, as a flood watch posted by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority last night continues into the morning amid new snowfall.

TRCA posted at 10 p.m. on Wednesday that around as much as 20mm of precipitation had fallen throughout the day and gathered in shallow areas of the GTA. As temperatures are not set to drop below freezing until later today, additional snowmelt could mean that standing water levels continue to rise throughout the morning.

In particular, the TRCA pointed out areas such as the Don Valley Parkway, Bayview Ave., and the GO Richmond Hill Line as low lying roadways that could be places to avoid on this commute.

For those taking transit, things could still be messy: shuttle buses are operating from Eglinton to Union Station to assist with a service delay southbound at Museum Station.

In response to the weather, all school buses in Dufferin County have been cancelled due to icy road conditions. Buses for Durham District School Board and Durham Catholic District School Board have been cancelled in Zone 1, 2 and 3.

Several city bus routes are affected as well and are being forced to detour. The 32 Eglinton West bus is not stopping westbound at Mayfair Rd. due to weather conditions, and 47 Lansdowne is detouring north through Davenport Rd. and Caledonia Park.

Flooding of a different type is also ruining the morning of numerous residents at an Etobicoke highrise on Dixon Rd. near Kipling Ave., where a water main burst in the basement around 2:30 a.m. Toronto Fire are pumping the water out, but say it could take several more hours. They say when they arrived on scene, there was already 3ft of water in the basement.

Environment Canada says that periods of snow will continue throughout the morning before tapering off, with only a 40 per cent chance of flurries later on in the day. As of 6:30 a.m., the temperature was hovering directly at the freezing mark.

By the evening, Environment Canada says temperatures will drop to a low of -9 C, and then -18 C with the wind chill overnight.

An update or potentially a cancellation for the flood watch is expected by 8 a.m. today, when the situation for Thursday has been fully assessed.

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