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Soggy conditions continue in the GTA

The freezing rain may have ended in the GTA Friday afternoon but more soggy conditions were expected.

“We have seen the end of the system itself like the majority of the rain,” CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said. “But we’re starting to see some showers start making their way in towards KW [Kitchener-Waterloo] and then edging towards the northwest end of the GTA. So we’re not done with wet weather.”

Toronto gets about 62.4 millimetres of rain in April, but it’s already had a month’s worth of rain at 69.7 millimetres in the past five days, she said.

Friday morning’s wild weather, including freezing rain and strong wind gusts, caused problems for the TTC, GO Transit and hydro crews, and prompted some school bus cancellations. The CN Tower also cordoned off the lower base area due to falling ice.

Strong wind gusts that exceeded 80 km/h in some areas eased as the day progressed.

Check the full forecast here.

A freezing rain warning issued by Environment Canada had ended in all parts of the GTA by Friday afternoon.

The weather forced the TTC to shut down the Scarborough RT between Kennedy and McCowan stations during the early part of the Friday morning rush. Service resumed at 7 a.m.

GO Transit also encountered some problems on its Kitchener line when a tree fell across the tracks, prompting a 40-minute delay.

Click here for a full list of weather-related cancellations.

School buses were cancelled in Caledon and in parts of Halton and Durham regions.

There were also a number of power outages reported across the GTA on Friday morning affecting thousands of customers, including problems in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood, southern Vaughan and North York. Those problems were cleared up by 8:30 a.m.

Toronto Hydro crews continue to work to restore power at Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue where wires came down around 9:30 a.m.

At the peak of the power outage problems overnight, Toronto Hydro said some 15,000 customers didn’t have electricity.

“Downtown while there were some outages most of the outages were spread out around the horseshoe … anywhere from Etobicoke up to North York and into Scarborough,” Toronto Hydro spokeswoman Tonya Bruckmueller said.

The storm brought down trees in Toronto, including on McRae Drive, near Eglinton Avenue and Laird Drive, on Ashdale Avenue, near Gerrard Street and Coxwell Avenue and in North York, near Lawrence Avenue and Railside Drive.

A hydro pole also fell over on Boultbee Avenue, near Jones Avenue and Gerrard Street.