February 12, 2019 9:34 pm
Updated: February 13, 2019 8:23 am

‘Slushy mess’ for Wednesday morning commute in Greater Toronto Area

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After southern Ontario was hit with yet another large winter storm Tuesday, the back end of the system is expected to add to messy road conditions in time for the Wednesday morning commute in Toronto and the GTA.

The GTA saw a mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain Tuesday, which caused a number of closures and cancellations at city facilities, schools, universities, colleges and at Pearson International Airport.

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While the brunt of the storm has already passed through the region, some remaining precipitation is expected to continue to fall through the night and into Wednesday morning.

“Ice pellets and freezing rain will mix with plain rain this evening before turning back to snow later tonight,” said Global News chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell.

“This will turn everything into a slushy mess.”

WATCH: There were fewer collisions than expected in Tuesday’s storm. Sean O’Shea reports.


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The snow is expected to taper off to flurries Wednesday morning, but the extra precipitation will add to the mess on any untreated surfaces.

“Gusty winds will usher in colder temperatures by Wednesday’s morning commute which will freeze back up whatever slush is left on the streets and sidewalks,” Farnell said.

“Major roads should be okay, but secondary surfaces will be slick. Don’t expect another snow day but do give yourself some extra time.”

READ MORE: Canada Post suspends service in GTA; recreation programs, libraries close amid winter storm

A few additional centimetres of snow is possible throughout the night, Farnell said.

Wind gusts are also expected to reach 60 km/h.

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