After Environment Canada issued a winter weather travel advisory for the city, Toronto police are now urging drivers to be prepared and drive with caution.
The city is expected to experience severe snowfall and rapidly falling temperatures later today. These severe weather changes could cause a flash-freeze situation and affect road conditions during the afternoon rush-hour drive.
The Toronto Police Service issued a statement earlier this morning to remind all drivers to drive according to conditions and to reduce speeds on elevated portions of the roadway such as bridges, overpasses or expressways.
Later this afternoon, a cold front will pass over southern Ontario, causing temperatures to drop below the freezing mark and scattered rain showers will change to flurries.
Police say the need to be aware and alert at all times on any road, even in the most routine circumstances – like driving home from work- is a key component to moving through traffic safely.
For those on the roads later today, the police are using the acronym WINTER to list their tips for getting around safely.
W – Windshield washer is full
I – Information on current road and weather conditions
N – Need to clear the snow off your car
T – Tire tread checked and tires changed as necessary
E – Expect the unexpected
R – Reduce your speed
Drive safely, Toronto.