Toronto weather: Freezing snow causes commute disruptions throughout the GTA

UPDATE Following the aftermath of the snowfall, residents of the GTA report spotty power outages and disruption to service. Toronto Hydro has reported more than 1,000 outages to customers, with the majority in the…

Toronto weather: Freezing snow causes commute disruptions throughout the GTA

UPDATE

Following the aftermath of the snowfall, residents of the GTA report spotty power outages and disruption to service. Toronto Hydro has reported more than 1,000 outages to customers, with the majority in the York region of the Greater Toronto Area.

Areas in central York, as well as mid- to southeastern Peel, are currently impacted by reported power outages, as well as outages in downtown Toronto.

Customers in the Egerton and Humber municipalities are being temporarily turned off while their towns deal with power outages. Another outage was reported in Port Hope.

Some pockets are also reporting disruption to TTC subway services, which will be impacted through the evening commute.

Just spoke to #Chariots of Fire to try to get a load of info about #Winter that may help w/ weather + snow plans for the #TorontoStadium @nbcontreal @nbcwinnipeg #Winter2018 pic.twitter.com/0qllUkhbq5 — Jacques Gagnon (@JacquesGagnonCTV) October 31, 2018

In addition, three local schools remain closed today because of the heavy snowfall, while public childcare services are also closed for children.

Ahead of the white stuff hitting the GTA today, Dalhousie University, McMaster University and Laurentian University are open and ready to process student absenteeism.

Residents also reported difficulty finding parking after roads became slippery across the GTA.

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Planes have been grounded across Canada because of heavy snowfall. The snowfall is expected to continue throughout the evening commute, causing service disruptions.

The Toronto City Airport’s runway has been closed due to the heavy snowfall. Passengers are advised to check their flight status with their airlines before going to the airport.

The weather is causing flight delays at most major Canadian airports, including Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, which has reported delays ranging from 45 minutes to more than three hours. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has been cleared of snow, with delays averaging under 30 minutes.

Air Canada and WestJet Airlines, which have cancelled most flights into and out of the GTA, have indicated that all flights will depart from the GTA on time today, as long as they don’t encounter delays of more than 30 minutes.

Tuesday’s heavy snowfall was causing significant disruption for transportation in the GTA. The Yonge Street shelter and its lobby is currently closed, with relief centre shelter at the JFK YMCA set up in the meantime. The Toronto Transit Commission has released service alerts for the downtown-bound Yonge subway station. Rail service is currently affected on the Toronto Transit Commission subway service, including the Yonge, Spadina, Eglinton, Finch and King subway stations. Fans of Toronto FC must plan alternate ways to get to TD Place for Wednesday’s MLS game against Columbus Crew SC.

The heavy snowfall is expected to continue through the evening, with a high of 14 degrees Celsius, according to Environment Canada.

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