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Friday, February 08, 2013

The full force of winter is expected to be felt across Toronto & the GTA Friday


The snow started falling late Thursday afternoon and the 
GTA will probably be digging out 15 to 25 cm by Friday 
afternoon.
Early Friday morning, both the Toronto District School Board 
and Toronto Catholic District School Board tweeted that 
schools would remain open but bus services were cancelled.
Durham Region and York Region schools are also open but 
buses are cancelled.
Students in Peel Region have the day off: All Peel School 
Board schools are closed and activities cancelled Friday.
As for post-secondary students, the University of Toronto's 
St. George campus is open but its Mississauga and 
Scarborough campuses are closed, as are Ryerson and 
York University.
Pearson airport was also reporting hundreds of flight 
cancellations and travellers were advised to check with their 
airline before heading to the airport Friday.
“We’re talking about blowing and drifting snow, so there will 
clearly be some driving issues there,” Environment Canada 
climatologist David Phillips said Thursday.
The snow is forecasted to be heaviest along Hwy. 401 in the 
morning, moving from London into the GTA, with blowing 
snow resulting in low visibility.
Phillips said strong winds are also expected, from 40 to 60 
km/h.
The weather prompted the City of Toronto to issue an 
extreme cold alert, asking homeless shelters to 
accommodate those seeking shelter.
Mayor Rob Ford encouraged residents to keep their 
driveways and sidewalks clear as snow gathers.
“We have to clean the sidewalks obviously and clean your 
walkways and your driveways,” Ford said.
Asked if he’s ready to call in the army if needed, like former 
mayor Mel Lastman did during one storm, Ford laughed.
“No, no, no,” he said.
The Toronto Transit Commission also warned riders to 
prepare for longer travel times due to the weather.
Ahead of the snow Thursday, the city was confident it was 
ready to dig out from the storm.
“This will be our first big snowfall,” public works chairman 
Denzil Minnan-Wong said. “Our contractors will do their 
best.”
Send us your snow pictures by emailing 
snow@scribblelive.com

The Toronto Sun

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