Toronto winter storm: Schools close in anticipation of heavy snow, ice pellets and fierce winds

Toronto is expected to see the worst of winter Tuesday with Environment Canada warning of gusty winds, possible freezing rain, ice pellets and up to 25 centimetres of snow in some areas.

With the wind chill, temperatures will feel like -19 degrees Celsius this morning. Snow has started falling, just in time for the morning commute. The combination of snow and fierce winds nearing 70 km/h, or 80 km/h close to Lake Ontario, means commuters may see “sudden and significantly reduced visibility” thanks to blowing snow.

Though visibility is expected to improve over the afternoon, it’s not all good news: the snow may change to a mix of snow and ice pellets. And there’s no relief for the evening commute as Environment Canada warns there’s a chance of freezing rain in the late afternoon. “There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas,” the agency says.

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The snow isn’t expected to peter out until it turns into flurries Wednesday morning.

In anticipation of the bad conditions, many schools and institutions are keeping their doors shut. The Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board both announced closures this morning. Across the GTA, Peel District School Board, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School,
Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board are also closed.

Ryerson University in downtown Toronto announced it would be closed today as did York University, Centennial College, George Brown and Humber College. As of publication, the University of Toronto closed its satellite campuses in Mississauga and Scarborough but the downtown campus remained open.

Due to significant combination of snow, ice pellets & freezing rain expected throughout the day, all TDSB schools & administrative sites are closed today. This includes Child Care Centres located inside TDSB schools. 1/2

— Toronto DSB (@tdsb) February 12, 2019

All school permits & Continuing Education classes are cancelled & TDESAA/TDSSAA events will be rescheduled. 2/2

— Toronto DSB (@tdsb) February 12, 2019


As of 6:45am on Feb. 12:

* UTM is closed
* UTSC is closed
* Downtown Toronto campus is open.

We are continuing to monitor the weather and will update as necessary.

— University of Toronto (@UofT) February 12, 2019

Weather update for Tuesday, February 12: Due to expected weather conditions, Ryerson University is closed today. This includes all classes, university-run events, research labs, business services and administrative operations. Student residences remain open.

— Ryerson University (@RyersonU) February 12, 2019

In anticipation of tomorrow’s possible winter storm, we’re preparing to have extra crews on standby in case of outages.

Learn how you can prepare too by making sure you have emergency kit essentials:

— Toronto Hydro (@TorontoHydro) February 11, 2019

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Source:: Nationalpost

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