A blast of winter weather has forced the closure of Toronto’s Christmas market and caused flight delays at Pearson International Airport.
Environment Canada has issued a Winter Weather Travel Advisory because of the mix of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain falling in the region.
The Toronto Christmas Market tweeted Sunday that it would be closing early, and told people with tickets they could come another day.
📣 Due to the severe weather today (Sun Dec 1, 2019), #TCM19 will be closed. All ticket holders for today have been sent an email with information on how to visit another day. @DistilleryTO and its permanent retailers and restaurants remain open today for regular business hours. pic.twitter.com/TJV3H7DwsX
— Toronto Christmas Market (@TOXmasMarket) December 1, 2019
Several flights are delayed out of Pearson because of the weather. You can see if your flight is affected on their website.
The safety of our passengers and employees is our top priority. Due to winter weather we’re currently experiencing some delays and cancellations. Check the status of your flight with your airline, or on our website: https://t.co/pfr3DaHwUI
— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) December 1, 2019
Billy Bishop Airport also advised travellers to check with their airlines to see their flight status.
December 1: The forecast is calling for winter weather overnight and into tomorrow morning. Please check with your airline for flight status and updates and give yourself plenty of time to travel to the airport.
— Billy Bishop Airport (@BBishopAirport) December 1, 2019
Toronto Police Traffic Services reminded people not to call 911 for things like fallen trees or minor fender benders. For city-related matters, to reach out to 311 and ask for non-urgent police assistance by calling the non-emergency line at 416-808-2222.
Know what to do on days like today. Involved in a minor crash pls don’t tie up 911. Use non emergency 416-808-2222 or get info online about @TorontoPolice Collision Reporting Centres https://t.co/b7gZAf4j1E ^bm @cityoftoronto @OACPOfficial @TPScott_baptist @DeputyPeterYuen pic.twitter.com/b8a59vNCT4
— TPS Traffic Services (@TrafficServices) December 1, 2019
The storm put a damper on Christmas spirit in Mississauga and Burlington, too. Those cities cancelled their Sunday Santa Claus parades because of the weather.
The Mississauga Santa Claus Parade has been cancelled for today due to weather conditions.
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPolice) December 1, 2019