Up to 40cm of snow expected as winter storm hits Toronto, GTA

Snowfall warnings are in effect for Toronto and the GTA as heavy and steady snow falls throughout the day with accumlations between 10 to 15 cm. Northwest winds will gust up to 60 km/hr, which will make visibility in some areas treacherous.

The CityNews Extreme Weather Centre is open and a full list of cancelled buses and school closures can be found here.

A snowfall warning remains in effect for Toronto and the GTA as significant snowfall that began on Sunday night continues throughout most of the day on Monday.

Environment Canada has updated the warning calling for up to 40cm of snow are expected to fall by Monday night with peak snowfall rates of 4 to 7 cm per hour through the morning.

Up to 30cm was already on the ground in some parts of the city by 7 a.m.

“Heavy snow will likely significantly impact the Monday morning commute,” the national weather service warned. “Local blowing snow is also possible Monday afternoon and evening with gusty northerly to northwesterly winds.”

Strong northwesterly winds gusting up to 50 km/h will result in areas of poor visibility due to blowing snow. The snow is expected to come to an end sometime by the early evening.

The TTC is reporting that all bus and streetcar routes are being affected by the snow on the roads with long than normal travel times. Metrolinx is advising most of its GO buses are experiencing delays of up to 45 minutes.

Anyone flying out of Pearson International Airport is being advised to check their flight times before heading to the airport with several flights being postponed due to the severe weather.

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While the City of Toronto has reissued its extreme cold weather alert, several warming centres will remain open for vulnerable residents.

Four warming centres are located at 129 Peter Street, 5800 Yonge Street, Exhibition Place and Scarborough Civic Centre.

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