Following Tuesday’s winter travel advisory, Environment Canada has now issued a freezing rain warning for the City of Toronto.
According to Environment Canada, “an area of freezing rain is moving over the area this morning. The freezing rain could persist for much of the day before changing to freezing drizzle this evening.”
Freezing drizzle is expected to continue tonight and into Thursday morning.
The weather agency warns that the morning and evening commutes will likely be affected due to the potential for untreated surfaces to become icy.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break,” states the warning.
As well, utility outages may occur.
On Tuesday, Environment Canada released an advisory stating that ice pellet accumulations of 2 to 4 cm were expected.
Wednesday’s high is expected to reach -3°C, although it will feel more like -10°C with the windchill this afternoon.
The freezing drizzle is expected to last until Thursday, as temperatures reach 0°C.
The TTC has replaced the 506 and 512 streetcars with buses this morning due to the weather.
506 Carlton & 512 St Clair Service Alert for Wed Feb 6: Customers utilizing 506 & 512 be advised streetcars will be replaced by buses tomorrow due to anticipated freezing rain & inclement weather. Please allow for extra travel time and utilize alternate routes.
— TTC Service Alerts (@TTCnotices) February 6, 2019
Toronto Police Traffic Services is advising drivers to slow down, and increase following distance during the icy storm.
The ice pellets have started. What can you do to have a safe commute? Leave lots of time, increase your following distance, slow way down, remember, the speed limit is for ideal road conditions. #DriveSafe pic.twitter.com/1yeiQkgXhV
— TPS Traffic Services (@TrafficServices) February 6, 2019
Be safe out there, Toronto.