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Cold weather alert continues as snow creates messy roads

Winter returned Saturday morning, with gusty winds and blowing snow creating a mess on GTA roads.

The city of Toronto remains under an extreme cold weather alert, with temperatures expected to feel close to -20 C Saturday with the wind chill.

Although the snowfall was light, the roads were snow-packed Saturday morning as the wind continued to gust and impair visibility.

“Only an additional one to two centimters of snow is expected across the GTA (Saturday),” said 680News meteorologist Harold Hosein. “(But) the wind will be fairly strong out of the north. Watch out for reduced visibilities in flurries.”

CAA spokeswoman Sylvana Aceto has some tips for driving in the winter weather.

“Really slow down out there,” she said. “Drive according to the conditions. Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. You want to make sure you have that extra braking distance.”

Other tips include staying alert, by putting your cell phone down for example.

And people should clear snow off their cars before they start driving so it doesn’t blind other drivers.

In anticipation of the weather, Peter Noehammer, Toronto’s director of transportation services, told 680News his crews had already prepped the roads Friday.

“We’re putting salt brine down on the major expressways, hills and bridges,” he said. “That puts a little bit of salt residual on the roadways, so that as the snow starts falling it already starts to melt.”

Noehammer said the mild winter has been good for his budget. He estimates the city has saved between $6 million and $8 million because of the cold weather.

The City of Toronto is advising homeless people to seek shelter because of the cold weather and wind chill.

The frigid temperatures can be life-threatening to people who spend most of their time outdoors.

During an extreme cold weather alert more beds are made available in homeless shelters.

The cold snap won’t last long though. Temperatures are forecast to return to above normal by Tuesday.

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