Time to break out the heavy coat and winter boots, Toronto — snow has arrived.
According to Environment Canada, the city can expect anywhere between 10-15 cm of snow by Monday evening.
“The snow will pick up in intensity during (Monday) afternoon,” said meteorologist Kelly Hobelman from Environment Canada. “It looks like we’ll get about five to 10 centimetres of snow during the day and an additional of two to four centimetres of snow in the evening.”
The snow isn’t expected to accumulate in the morning, but a few centimetres of snow will need to be shovelled by the evening. According to the City of Toronto, a round of salt is being applied where required on some main roads as of Monday morning.
The temperature is predicted to remain steady Monday afternoon at -2 C, but it could feel like -11 C because of the wind chill.
This temperature will further drop to a low -8 C by the evening, but will feel like -15 C with the wind chill.
The TTC is not expecting any interruptions in service due to weather, but has crews on standby just in case, a spokesperson said.
“We are starting to see some delays,” said Tori Gass, spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Area Airports Authority. “The number one priority always is safety, so we’re making sure that any planes that need to get de-iced, that that they’re getting that service, and that may be impacting some flights.”
For travellers, Gass remarked, “come to the airport early, but first check with their airline to see if there are any delays.”
Early Monday morning the Halton District School Board tweeted that although all schools remained open, school buses are cancelled.
The Toronto District School Board posted on social media that “all TDESAA and TDSSAA scheduled games will be postponed to a future date.”
Residents to the west of Toronto should also brace themselves for some winterlike weather and some tough travel conditions for their commute into work Monday.
City of Toronto spokesperson, Eric Holmes, advised people to plan for tomorrow’s travel tonight, and to consider public transit or working from home if possible.
“We’re asking everyone to be patient tomorrow. It’s rare for Toronto to get significant snowfall this early in the winter season,” he said in a statement.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement calling for up to 10 to 15 cm of snow in Oakville and Burlington by Monday.
“Due to lake enhancement, areas near the Hamilton and Niagara region have the potential to receive near 10 to 15 cm snow by Monday evening,” the statement read.
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Holmes said salt trucks normally go out first (likely very early in the morning) and plows will be sent out on expressways and major roads when there’s 2.5 to 5 cm of snow on the ground, which is expected by late in the afternoon on Monday.
Holmes urged people to leave extra time for travel and to stay back from trucks and road crews throughout the day.
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