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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Heavy snow storm with strong winds hit Southern Ontario & Atlantic Canada

Whipping wind and falling snow made for a messy commute in the GTA Wednesday morning

 Commuters across southern Ontario are being advised to drive with caution this morning as people in the southern Maritimes are bracing for another blast of winter Wednesday.

Residents of southern Ontario are dealing with a slow, messy commute Wednesday as snowfall warnings have been issued for much of the Golden Horseshoe.
Snow began to fall in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) just before midnight Tuesday, and is expected to continue through much of Wednesday.
Snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 centimetres can be expected from Sarnia to Toronto and into eastern Ontario by the time the snow tapers off Wednesday evening.
Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings ahead of the low pressure system for Windsor, Leamington, St. Thomas Chatham-Kent, Hamilton, Haldimand, Burlington, Oakville, Niagara Falls, Welland, St. Catharines, Grimsby, Brantford, Simcoe, Toronto and Peel and York and Durham regions.
The snow is expected to cause headaches for morning commuters around the GTA and the drive home is expected to be much of the same.
“By 8 a.m.  generally about five centimetres (of snow), local  pockets of more, but it will get worse,” said Anthony Farnell, Global News’ chief meteorologist. “By the time we all come home from work about 15 centimetres expected close to the lakeshore, a little bit less further north and a little bit more in Hamilton.”
Travellers can expect flight delays or cancellations as the storm system moves across the southern part of the province.
As of 7:00 a.m., 184 flights in and out of Toronto Pearson International Airport have been cancelled. Travellers are asked to check their flight status before heading to the airport.
School buses were cancelled in several regions including Halton, Peel, York and Dufferin-Peel. However,  Toronto District School Board, the largest school board in Canada, said there are no cancellations and all schools will remain open.
Storm expected to bring heavy snow, strong winds to parts of Atlantic Canada
A winter storm is expected to start hitting southern Nova Scotia and southeastern New Brunwick by noon Wednesday and to move through the Maritimes and into parts of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Environment Canada is calling for between 15 and 25 centimetres in most of Nova Scotia and slightly less in southern New Brunswick and eastern PEI.
The largest snowfalls will be in southern Nova Scotia, while northern New Brunswick will escape with just a few centimetres.
Federal forecasters are predicting the storm will move through the Maritimes quickly and that tomorrow will be a clear day.
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