The warning from Environment Canada earlier this morning has been updated just in time for your commute home.
While it does remain largely the same as this morning, its emphasis remains on the dangers of commuting in and around Toronto. At the time of writing this, the snow has already stopped falling outside of our offices… only to have been replaced with freezing rain.
It’s supposed to rain from now through until midnight with temperatures ‘feeling like’ below zero and winds gusting up to 75 km/hr.
In other words, this is the perfect recipe for a dangerous night on the roads. The City of Toronto is doing its part, however, having already layered Toronto highways with salt on three separate occasions today:
Approximately three rounds of salt have been applied to expressways, arterial & collector roads since 4am. Salting continues.
— TO Winter Operations (@TO_WinterOps) January 10, 2017
Stay safe out there, Toronto.
Here is Environment Canada‘s full statement, delivered at 3:26 pm EST today:
A winter weather travel advisory is in effect for this evening.
Snow and some local blowing snow continues. Brief freezing rain is possible during the changeover from snow to rain late this afternoon or early this evening.
Untreated roads may be snow covered and slippery. Motorists should plan for extra time to reach their destination.
Winds will continue to increase this evening with widespread gusts to 80 km/h likely. Wind warnings are in effect for areas near Lake Huron where gusts to 90 km/h are expected.
The weather system responsible is a Colorado low that is affecting much of the province.
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