A Blizzard Warning – you read that right and we don’t mean the long defunct NASL team – has been issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada for Toronto and southern Ontario. Of course you don’t need us to tell you this. Merely look out the window.
ECCC warns of “Hazardous blizzard conditions with heavy snow and strong winds resulting in widespread near zero visibility.
How Much Snow Will Fall In Toronto?
Total snowfall amounts initially predicted to be 10 cm – 20 cm has now been revised to 40 to 60 cm.
Heavy snow with peak snowfall rates of 8 to 10 cm per hour this morning.
Also there is blowing snow due to winds gusting up to 60 km/h.
When Will Toronto’s Blizzard Occur?
Now through this evening. Worst conditions expected between now until 11:00 A.M. EST.
Why Is There A Blizzard?
A low pressure system tracking south of the Great Lakes is currently bringing significant snowfall and blizzard conditions to the region. This will significantly impact the commute this morning.
It goes without saying that ECCC warns travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to widespread poor visibility. Travel is expected to be very difficult or impossible due to near-zero visibility. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.
There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. If you become stranded in a vehicle do not leave. The vehicle offers a form of protection from the cold. A single person walking through the snow is harder to find than a stranded car or truck. If you do travel and become lost, remain where you are until the blizzard has passed. Protect yourself from wind, cold and disorientation by staying sheltered, indoors or with your vehicle.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.