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Friday, February 08, 2013

Toronto snowstorm havoc to continue all day, will get worse

Torstar News ServiceCommuters get off the 504 street car at Bay and King Sts. as snow buffets Toronto in the early morning hours of Feb. 8, 2013.
A blast of winter weather cancelled school buses and slowed the morning commutethroughout the Greater Toronto Area this morning, and it’s only going to get worse.
The storm is set to pick up intensity as the day goes on, with up to 25 centimetres expected to be on the ground by the time Friday is over.
The morning started with light snow, but the real storm kicked in around 7 a.m., when the wind speed picked up. Environment Canada said the heaviest snow was expected to fall “during the morning rush hour along the Hwy. 401 corridor,” dropping 2 to 4 centimetres of snow per hour as the storm moves eastward and temperatures drop.
The northeasterly wind is blowing that new snow around and reducing visibility, which was as low as 0.4 per cent in some parts of the GTA early Friday morning, Peel Region paramedics reported on Twitter.
The snow is expected to end west of the GTA late Friday afternoon, but will last into the evening and overnight in some parts of Toronto.
Once the storm leaves Toronto, it will merge with another winter storm and hit parts of New England and the Maritimes, Environment Canada says.
As a result, many flights and buses travelling along the east coast have been cancelled or delayed today.
The snow won’t last long in Toronto. The Weather Network says Toronto is supposed to get 2 to 4 millimetres of rain on Monday.
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