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Canada issues snowfall warning for Toronto on Monday

Torontonians will be in for a messy commute on Monday evening with heavy snowfall in the forecast today.

An Alberta Clipper tracking over southern Ontario will likely bring between 15 to 20 centimetres of snow to the GTA by tonight and the inclement weather has prompted Environment Canada to issue a snowfall warning for Toronto, Hamilton, and the regions of Halton, Peel, York, and Durham.

“Snow at times heavy is expected to develop later this morning or early afternoon and persist into tonight,” Environment Canada said in its weather advisory. “Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 20 cm are likely, with the highest amounts expected closer to Lake Ontario where extra moisture from the lake may boost snowfall amounts.”

The national weather agency said there will likely be a “significant impact” on driving conditions during both the evening commute on Monday and the morning commute on Tuesday.

“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” the national weather agency said.

Speaking to CP24 on Monday morning, Mark Mills, the city’s road operations supervisor, said crews will be out in full force today preparing for the heavy snowfall.

“Our first line of defence is always salting. So we will concentrate on salting on the expressways, main arterial roadways, collector roads, then we will get into the local roads. We will look at the sidewalks also. Once we meet our threshold for plowing, we will deploy our plows,” Mills said.

“If you have flexibility in your schedule today or the opportunity to leave work a little early to beat the p.m. rush, that might be a suggestion or to use public transit today.”

TTC CEO Rick Leary said extra trains and staff are out across the city today after weather and host of other issues caused big delays across the subway system last week.

“Last week was very disappointing for the TTC. We disappointed our customers and that is disappointing to us. This morning, however, we are in a much better position,” he said.

“Things are moving much better this morning. We’ve put extra trains and staff out on the system to help accommodate our customers.”

Due to the impending snow storm, Sheridan College will be closing its campus at the University of Toronto- Mississauga at 4 p.m. U of T says its Mississauga, St. George, and Scarborough campuses will remain open and classes and exams will proceed as usual.

News Credit – CP24

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