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Emergency crews responding to crashes across GTA as winter weather travel advisory remains

Click to play video: 'GTA blasted with first significant snowfall of the season' GTA blasted with first significant snowfall of the season
WATCH ABOVE: GTA blasted with first significant snowfall of the season – Nov 16, 2018

It has been a busy Thursday evening for emergency crews and tow truck operators responding to collisions across the Greater Toronto Area as heavy snowfall continues to fall across the region.

Global News meteorologist Mike Arsenault said as of late Thursday evening, there were varying ranges of snowfall. Some areas have around 10 centimetres.

He said snow will stay heavy until early Friday morning, noting much of southern and central Ontario should expect up to another 10 centimetres.

Peel Regional Police said there were 17 crashes across the region just after 8 p.m. York Regional Police didn’t release specific statistics, but officers tweeted a list of collisions across all of York region. A Toronto police spokesperson told Global News there was a higher-than-normal number of collision calls coming into officers.

READ MORE: Winter weather travel advisory issued for Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

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WATCH: It was a slow drive home for residents in the GTA after the first significant snowfall of the season arrived during the Thursday evening rush hour. 
Click to play video: 'First significant snowfall of the season snarls traffic in GTA' First significant snowfall of the season snarls traffic in GTA
First significant snowfall of the season snarls traffic in GTA – Nov 15, 2018

While responding to a crash in Vaughan, a representative from Supreme Towing said there were reports of “hundreds” of crashes on area roads.

GO Transit reported delays affecting part of its network due to weather conditions.

Coupled with the snowfall are colder-than-normal temperatures. Earlier on Thursday, Global News chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell said the temperatures are unusual for this time of the year.

“We just haven’t had a November like this in quite some time. It is a shock to the system whenever you get that first snow as far as accidents go and people on the roadways,” Farnell said.

Officials warned motorists that poor driving conditions and untreated roads may become slippery. People were reminded to plan for extra time to reach their destination and to keep a safe distance between vehicles.

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— With files from David Shum

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