A dog walker enjoys the snow at High Park in this file photo.A dog walker enjoys the snow at High Park in this file photo.

A winter storm bringing freezing rain, ice pellets and snow is predicted to brush throughout Toronto. Examine again for reside updates all through the day.

A winter storm is predicted to convey freezing rain, heavy snow and ice pellets throughout Toronto and components of southern Ontario on Thursday. Comply with the Star’s climate file for updates on the climate, site visitors, college closures, potential delays at Pearson and extra.

12:15 p.m. Town is opening three warming centres at 7 p.m. for folks experiencing homelessness to have entry to “a protected indoor and heat place to relaxation.” The centres will present snacks, supply washroom amenities and referrals to emergency shelter.

The warming centres will open regardless of temperatures failing to satisfy the town’s threshold for an “Excessive Chilly Climate Alert.”

“Town is activating the Warming Centres tonight out of an abundance of warning,” says a press launch, because the potential for snow accumulation might fall between 11 to 26 centimetres. The warming centres will probably be situated at:

  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive
  • Metro Corridor, 55 John Road
  • Mitchell Subject Neighborhood Centre, 89 Church Avenue

12 p.m. Town says liquid salt brine has been utilized to roads, hills, bridges and expressways in North York and Etobicoke York in a single day and crews proceed to patrol all day monitoring street circumstances.

Salting will start as quickly as snow begins to stay and plowing will probably be activated when the snow reaches:

  • 2 cm on sidewalks and separated cycle tracks
  • 5 cm on main roads, transit routes and streets with hills
Ice and rain has begun at Yonge and Eglinton Thursday morning.
  • 8 cm on residential streets

11:30 a.m. Setting Canada issued a winter climate journey advisory for the Toronto space at 11:14 a.m.

The company is warning of freezing rain adopted by snowfall with accumulations of 5 to 10 centimetres. At its peak, snowfall charges will attain 1 to three centimetres each hour, with much less accumulation anticipated for areas nearer to Lake Ontario.

There may be threat of freezing rain accumulation of some millimetres, which is able to lead to slippery and unsafe street circumstances for anybody on the street. Ice pellets or a short interval of freezing rain will probably be adopted by snow nearer to the midday hour.

Snow will taper into flurries and even gentle rain by the night, and the robust winds we’re seeing now will diminish by dinner.

Surfaces like highways, roads, walkways and parking tons might turn into icy and slippery. Drivers ought to regulate their journey plans to account for harmful driving circumstances, flip in your lights and depart beneficiant and protected quantity of area between your car and the one in entrance of you. There’ll probably be a “important influence on rush hour site visitors in city areas,” warns the company.

11:15 a.m. The OPP is reporting “crashes all over the place” and says there are main issues on the Backyard Metropolis skyway in St. Catharines. Salting vehicles are caught in site visitors as effectively, OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt in a video tweet, to allow them to’t get the roads salted.

“It’s an absolute sheet of ice,” Schmidt mentioned..“Keep house and await the system to cross.”

11:11 a.m. Pearson is reminding travellers to always check with airlines earlier than leaving for the airport, given the climate circumstances forecast for Thursday.

10:38 a.m. Rain is blanketing the town in the intervening time, with surfaces moist and slippery. Metropolis snow-clearing crews say they’re prepared for a mixture of wintry climate. Town has about 1,100 items of kit able to deploy.

10:32 a.m. As of 10 a.m, all Line 3 Scarborough RT prepare service will probably be changed by shuttle buses as a consequence of inclement climate circumstances. Shuttle buses are at present working, the TTC tweeted.

10:10 a.m. Pearson is placing flight restrictions in impact for the approaching winter storm, Air Canada tweeted.

“You’ll want to examine your flight’s standing earlier than going to the airport at aircanada.com. A journey advisory is in impact allowing clients to make flight adjustments.”

10:04 a.m. There’s a serious backlog on the Backyard Metropolis Skyway. OPP is reporting 17 automobiles had been concerned in a crash on the QEW.

8:45 a.m. The storm is predicted to maneuver eastward dumping as much as 20 cm of snow on areas alongside Lake Ontario’s north shore earlier than touchdown in Ottawa tonight, the place Setting Canada is forecasting as much as 25 centimetres of amassed snow by Saturday morning.

8:30 a.m. Very icy circumstances are being reported in Niagara, police are reporting.

“Go away your self a while to get to the place it’s a must to go…or higher but…keep off the roads till the climate improves…out of your pleasant neighborhood NRPS dispatchers!!!,” Niagara police tweeted.

8:24 a.m. “For these being hit with freezing rain BEFORE the massive snowfall, please be sure that ALL your home windows are away from ice. #ONHwys #ONStorm,” tweeted the OPP.

7:45 a.m. “Toronto is anticipating winter climate & robust winds at present. Please use warning if you happen to should enterprise exterior, and concentrate on blowing particles and energy outages at signalized intersections. Decelerate and drive to the climate circumstances. Keep protected, everybody!,” Toronto police tweeted Thursday morning.

7:15 a.m. A winter climate journey advisory in impact, Setting Canada says. A threat of freezing rain adopted by snowfall is predicted.

6:30 a.m. TDSB says buses are operating at present and all colleges are open, nevertheless, weather-related delays are doable this morning and this afternoon. Newest updates on college bus transportation delays.

6:25 a.m. Toronto’s climate forecast: ice pellets will starting Thursday morning then altering to snow at occasions heavy blended with ice pellets close to midday. Danger of freezing rain late with native blowing snow this afternoon. Count on 10 cm of snow and ice to hit Toronto. Excessive of 1 C.

6:21 a.m. Peel District Faculty Board is cancelling buses.

6:12 a.m. Transportation providers are cancelled for the York Area District Faculty Board (YRDSB). Colleges stay open to college students.

6 a.m. The incoming snowstorm wreaking havoc within the U.S., and anticipated to hit Toronto beginning Thursday afternoon, will probably be a “good take a look at” of the town’s new snow clearing contractor, Mayor John Tory mentioned in a press convention Wednesday.

“It’s not purported to be the Armageddon snowfall we had final 12 months nevertheless it’s purported to be important sufficient that will probably be a great take a look at. I believe we’re prepared,” Tory mentioned.

Town is anticipating a snowfall of between 4 and 10 cm beginning Thursday afternoon and say crews are patrolling 24 hours a day to observe street circumstances, with salting starting Thursday as snow accumulates. Brining —an anti-icing measure used on roads — begin prematurely.

Learn the total story from the Star’s Ben Mussett and Alyshah Hasham

5 a.m. Thursday A winter storm bringing with it freezing rain, heavy snowfall and ice pellets is predicted to brush throughout Toronto and components of southern Ontario later this week.

Setting Canada is forecasting the climate occasion will kick off Thursday morning, with freezing rain beginning to fall shortly after the morning rush hour commute round 9 a.m.

The onset of the storm will probably convey with it journey advisories, as slippery roads and lowered visibility are anticipated because of climate circumstances.

Learn the total story from the Star’s Santiago Arias Orozco


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