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Winter weather system mixed with snow, rain hits Toronto during Tuesday morning commute

Drivers on Toronto roads as snow and rain fall over the city on Tuesday morning.
Drivers on Toronto roads as snow and rain fall over the city on Tuesday morning. Don Curran / Global News

A winter system bringing mixed precipitation of snow and rain has coated Toronto streets with heavy slush as drivers hit the road for their Tuesday morning commute.

Environment Canada had issued a winter weather travel advisory early Tuesday morning, but the advisory ended at 7:46 a.m.

“Snow, possibly briefly mixing with light freezing rain, continues to pass over southern Ontario early this morning. Total snowfall amounts in the 4 to 8 cm range are expected by the time the snow tapers to rain or drizzle this morning,” the statement read.

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The agency warns of poor winter driving conditions from the accumulating snow and motorists are advised to allow for extra time to get to their destination Tuesday morning.

“The morning commute will be affected,” the statement continued.

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Environment Canada said temperatures are forecasted to reach a high of 6 C. Tuesday night will see a low of -5 C feeling like minus 11 with the wind chill overnight.

As of 7:30 a.m., OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said road conditions have improved as snow has turned into rain in most parts of the GTA.

“Significant improvement,” Schmidt said. “The roads are mostly just wet, the shoulders still have a lot of snow on them, on the ramps and so on, it’s still kind of sloppy and slushy. The plows and salters have been through.”

Schmidt said he spoke with the communications centre and they told him the volume of calls for collisions have subsided.

“As you head out, make sure you brush that snow off your vehicle. Make sure you can see all the way around your vehicle and take it easy out there,” Schmidt said as a reminder to drivers.