A winter storm warning has been issued for Toronto and the GTA, upgraded from a snowfall warning due to blowing snow.
Heavy snow began falling in downtown Toronto around noon and Environment Canada says it’s expected to continue into tonight.
“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,” Environment Canada said in its warning issued on Sunday night.
The snowfall is expected to have a “significant impact” on the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes.
Blowing snow is also expected to increase visibility to near zero at times as wind speeds could top 50 kilometres per hour.
680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said around 5-10 centimetres will fall in the afternoon, with another 10 centimetres in the evening.
Ahead of the snowfall, public and Catholic school boards in Peel cancelled buses on Monday morning for most schools. School boards in Toronto decided to keep buses running but said weather-related delays were possible this afternoon.
— Toronto DSB (@tdsb) January 28, 2019
The temperature will be near -7 C by this evening but the winds will not ease up. The temperature will rise overnight to near -1 C by Tuesday morning.
Consider taking public transit today, if you don’t already. The afternoon rush is going to be messy. Up to 15 cm of snow is expected, much of it falling during the p.m. commute.
— Brad Ross (@bradrossTO) January 28, 2019
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport tweeted that some airlines had cancelled or postponed flights due to the weather, and suggested travellers confirm their flight status before leaving the house.
Weather conditions may impact your flight schedule. Please check your flight status with your airline or at https://t.co/drfEbcvlZP
— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) January 28, 2019
The weather also led some places to close up shop earlier than usual. The University of Toronto and Ryerson University both cancelled evening classes on Monday.