Alerts issued as cold weather and 'major' snowstorm head for southern Ontario
Enjoy it while you can, Torontonians.
With sunny skies and a high of -5 C, it may not feel too bad today — but the city has once again declared an extreme cold alert.
The warning comes as Environment Canada predicts the mercury will drop to a chilly -16 C by nightfall.
The city’s alert — declared when Environment Canada predicts a temperature of -15 C or lower — prompts extra support services throughout the city. The city’s homeless shelters are asked to relax any service restrictions they may have, and a total of 171 shelter spaces are added.
If you’re hoping the winter weather will blow over, don’t hold your breath.
Environment Canada has also issued a special weather statement, warning of a “major” winter snowstorm hitting southern Ontario Tuesday.
The weather office says a low pressure system will make its way over the lower lakes, bringing between 20 to 30 centimeters of heavy snowfall.
The storm, expected to affect all of the GTA and more, will likely begin Tuesday night and taper off by Wednesday afternoon.
Wendy Gillis, Staff Reporter