Winter storm bears down on Ontario, Quebec, eastern Canada
Winter storm watches and warnings, as well as snowfall and blizzard warnings have been issued by Environment Canada across three provinces as a winter storm makes its way across parts of eastern Canada.
Flight were cancelled and schools and businesses closed early Tuesday as the storm arrived in souther Ontario.
Snowfall amounts of anywhere between 10 and 30 cm — depending on location — are blanketing the provinces.
Much of Ontario and Quebec has experienced warmer-than-normal temperatures and few snowstorms, however, this could be the worst storm of the season.
In Toronto and surrounding areas the snow is expected to fall overnight before tapering off Wednesday morning.
On top of the snowfall, strong winds are expected which will make driving dangerous. Environment Canada has asked that people consider “postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.”
The storm is expected to worsen throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as it moves northeast across Ontario. It will move into Quebec and New Brunswick on Wednesday.
Many parts of Quebec, including Montreal, can expect blizzard conditions.
In Toronto, commuters who might have opted to take transit rather than take the car to work in the face of an impending snowstorm, were confronted with a TTC outage along part of the subway line Tuesday morning. Downtown streetcars were also unavailable.
Snow fell across southern Ontario into the early afternoon, as the region waited for the worse of it to hit around rush hour.
The track of the storm continued to shift slightly further north as of Tuesday afternoon. Due to the shift, lower snowfall was expected across some parts of the GTA.
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