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Messy commute for travellers outside the GTA

Last Updated Nov 14, 2018 at 9:24 am EDT

Snowfall in Barrie on Nov. 14, 2018. CITYNEWS/Peter Dworschak

It was a messy commute for those traveiling outside the GTA Wednesday morning.

Environment Canada issued a snow squall warning for the northern parts of the GTA, including Newmarket, Georgina, northern York and Durham regions, as well as areas north of the city like Barrie, Orillia and Midland.

The national weather agency said visibility will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow. Additional snowfall amounts of five to 10 centimetres are expected in the heaviest snow squalls.

Environment Canada also has a winter weather advisory for Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Pickering, Oshawa and southern Durham Region.

Brief, but intense lake-effect flurries are possible and reduced visibility along with snow-covered roads could cause some hazardous travel conditions.

And although Toronto was spared the snow, it wasn’t any easier for commuters in the city as signal issues caused major delays on Line 1.

Shortly after 7 a.m. the TTC tweeted they were experiencing major delays northbound from Union to Davisville stations — with commuters experiencing delays of over 15 minutes during the height of rush hour.

Just after 9 a.m. the TTC updated the situation, tweeting that the delay was now from Bloor-Yonge to Davisville.

There has been no word on when regular service is expected to resume.

Make sure to give yourself some extra time before heading out in the morning.