Toronto live storm coverage: Winter travel advisory, school bus closures in effect as the city braces for 10 cm of snow

A winter storm is expected to bring freezing rain, heavy snow and ice pellets across Toronto and parts of southern Ontario on Thursday. Follow the Star’s weather file for updates on the weather, traffic, school closures, potential delays at Pearson and more.

7:15 a.m. A winter weather travel advisory in effect, Environment Canada says. A risk of freezing rain followed by snowfall is expected.

6:30 a.m. TDSB says buses are running today and all schools are open, however, weather-related delays are possible this morning and this afternoon. Latest updates on school bus transportation delays.

6:25 a.m. Toronto’s weather forecast: ice pellets will beginning Thursday morning then changing to snow at times heavy mixed with ice pellets near noon. Risk of freezing rain late with local blowing snow this afternoon. Expect 10 cm of snow and ice to hit Toronto. High of 1 C.

6:21 a.m. Peel District School Board is cancelling buses.

6:12 a.m. Transportation services are cancelled for the York Region District School Board (YRDSB). Schools remain open to students.

6 a.m. The incoming snowstorm wreaking havoc in the U.S., and expected to hit Toronto starting Thursday afternoon, will be a “good test” of the city’s new snow clearing contractor, Mayor John Tory said in a press conference Wednesday.

“It’s not supposed to be the Armageddon snowfall we had last year but it’s supposed to be significant enough that it will be a good test. I think we’re ready,” Tory said.

The city is expecting a snowfall of between four and 10 cm starting Thursday afternoon and say crews are patrolling 24 hours a day to monitor road conditions, with salting beginning Thursday as snow accumulates. Brining —an anti-icing measure used on roads — start in advance.

Read the full story from the Star’s Ben Mussett and Alyshah Hasham

5 a.m. Thursday A winter storm bringing with it freezing rain, heavy snowfall and ice pellets is expected to sweep across Toronto and parts of southern Ontario later this week.

Environment Canada is forecasting the weather event will kick off Thursday morning, with freezing rain starting to fall shortly after the morning rush hour commute around 9 a.m.

The onset of the storm will likely bring with it travel advisories, as slippery roads and reduced visibility are expected as a result of weather conditions.

Read the full story from the Star’s Santiago Arias Orozco


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