February 12, 2019 8:00 am
Updated: February 12, 2019 10:04 am

School buses cancelled, schools, post-secondary institutions closed as icy conditions pelt London area

School buses have been cancelled for the day in the London region as prolonged freezing rain is expected to add an icy sheen to roads Tuesday.

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As London prepares for another bout of icy weather Tuesday, school buses in the region have been cancelled for the day, and schools in both local school boards are closed.

The Southwestern Student Transportation Service tweeted just before 6 a.m. that all school purpose vehicles had been cancelled “due to current and forecasted conditions of extended freezing” rain.

While both the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board had initially said schools would be open Tuesday, both boards changed that decision about 30 minutes after the initial tweets.

Schools within the French public and French Catholic school boards are also closed due to the snow and risk of freezing rain.

Fanshawe College and Western University are also closed.

The London International Airport is also advising travellers to check the status of their flights as there may be cancellations and delays.

A freezing rain warning remains in effect for the London region as a Colorado Low starts to lumber through the area.

“There will be ice pellets for a few hours this morning,” said meteorologist with Environment Canada Peter Kimball.

“I think the morning commute will probably be mostly snow changing to ice pellets, then later changing to freezing rain for two to six hours before the temperature rises above zero in the afternoon,” he said.

The London Transit Commission is operating as usual, but is warning riders that buses may be a little behind schedule.

London is expecting a high of around 3 C Tuesday before the temperature drops again in the evening, changing the rain over to snow.

According to Environment Canada, there could be an additional two to four centimetres of accumulation by the time the system moves out of the region.

The London area will also feel strong winds, with gusts hitting up to 60 kilometres an hour at times.

Anyone on the roads should use extra caution, slow down and adjust to the conditions.

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