LIVE: ‘Significant snowfall’ in Toronto expected to delay commutes home

Commuters are braced for another long trek home Wednesday afternoon, with Environement Canada issuing a warning that nearly 15 centimetres of snow will fall by the end of day.

The TTC is already warning passengers to give themselves extra time to go home.

“The TTC may experience some delays this afternoon due to significant snowfall,” the agency tweeted. “We thank you for your patience and understanding and urge you to use extra caution outside.”

The temperature is set to drop to -14 C tonight with a wind chill of -18 C.

“We won’t see things let up until later this night,” meteorologist Gerald Cheng said.

With winds gusting up to 20 to 40 km/h, blowing snow into the air and reducing visibility, Environment Canada is warning of adverse road conditions.

According to the weather agency, higher amounts of snow could also accumulate in areas closer to the lake shore, particularly near western Lake Ontario, resulting in up to 20 cm of the white stuff in some locales.

Brampton declared the day a significant weather event in the early afternoon, increasing the number of plow and salt crews to clear their streets.

Pearson airport tweeted early Wednesday to warn anyone travelling by flight today that the snow could cause delays. Passengers are urged to check the status of their flights online before heading to the airport.

Earlier in the day, school buses were cancelled for York public and Catholic schools; Durham public and Catholic schools; Halton public and Catholic schools; and Peel public and Catholic schools. The schools themselves remained open.

Toronto District School Board tweeted that its school buses would be running, regardless of weather, but warned that weather-related delays were possible. The board did cancel all afternoon and evening programs.

Toronto Catholic District School Board also tweeted that all its schools are open and the buses running.

Most schools in the region’s two French-language public school boards, Conseil scolaire Viamonde and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir, remain open. But most buses have been cancelled with the exception of a few schools.

Four MonAvenir schools have shut down both buses and classes, while schools in Viamonde’s Halton region have also closed because of the weather.

Once the snow ends Wednesday evening, things are expected to warm up slightly. Thursday has an expected high of -3 C and a low of -15 C.

Cheng said the city can also look forward to a much sunnier day Thursday.

Do you have photos or videos of the weather you want to share? Email us at weather@thestar.ca

Alexandra Jones is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @AlexandraMaeJ

Premila D’Sa is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @premila_dsa

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