GTA dodges heavy snow, rain on the way
A storm that prompted weather warnings ended up largely skirting the GTA Friday, but commuters may still face a messy drive home.
“We have stayed on the northern fringe of the storm,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson, noting that the snow is more severe in the Hamilton area and Niagara peninsula.
The snow started at dawn, and was expected to continue throughout the morning before tapering off in the afternoon.
Conditions may be on the slippery side during the commute as city’s plows deal with the snow.
Only a few centimetres of snow are now expected, although wind gusting to 50 km/h will make the high of –2 C feel like –9 C, Coulson said.
The system is moving east toward southeastern Quebec and the Maritimes, where up to 15 centimetres of snow is expected to fall.
Drivers’ tests were cancelled at 19 Ontario DriveTest centres and three delayed starting times following the special weather statement issued by Environment Canada.
Porter Airline asked travellers to confirm their flights to Quebec, the Maritimes and northeastern United States in case of delays or cancellations due weather conditions.
For Friday, Air Canada is allowing Toronto travellers to make changes to their flights free of charge online.
The weekend will bring milder temperatures with minor flurries with a high of –2 C on Saturday and 5 C on Sunday, with showers that will continue until Monday.
- Daniela Germano