Wires downed, flights cancelled as Toronto declares ‘major snowstorm condition’

by The Canadian Parvasi

Team Parvasi – Inside

As much of Southern Ontario is facing a harsh winter storm that led to up to 30 cm of snow, the city of Toronto has declared a “major snowstorm condition”, which prohibits parking on certain designated routes.

As a consequence of Toronto declaring a “major snowstorm condition”, drivers will be prohibited to park at “designated snow routes” for the next 72 hours.

“This will allow for the snow removal of windrows left by snow plows…Under this declaration, the city will collect the snow and remove it to designated snow storage sites,” a news release for the same read, with media reports suggesting that the snow removal process will begin on Monday.

“In the last 10 days, we have had almost a half a winter’s worth of snow…Since Feb. 22 we’ve had about 50 centimeters of snow. We still haven’t finished counting this one, but it really has been a blanket of snow in the last week and a half.,” informed Dave Phillips, Senior Climatologist for Environment Canada.

Meanwhile, hundreds of flights arriving at and departing from the Toronto Pearson Airport have been cancelled due to the snowstorm.

“Lingering effects from yesterday’s winter storm might still affect your flight. Don’t forget to check your flight status before you leave for the airport. Drive safe,” stated Toronto Pearson Airport on Twitter.

460 or 19% of the scheduled departures have been called off by Toronto Pearson Airport as of 8 am Saturday, according to media reports. 28% of all arrivals have also been reportedly cancelled by the airport.

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Additionally, the snowstorm has led to downed wires and localised power outages, which Toronto Hydro is tending to, according to media reports.

“We’re not able to provide ETRs at this moment, but please know that our crews are working as quickly and safely as possible…As our crews continue to respond to safety emergencies across the city, we’re reminding everyone about the importance of powerline safety. Remember: If you come across downed wires, stay back at least 10 metres & report it to our Dispatch team by calling 416-542-8000 (press 1),” Toronto Hydro cautioned on Twitter.

Subway services between Kennedy and McCowan stations on Line 3 have also been cancelled, according to the TTC. Shuttle buses are, however, running as of now.


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