Deteriorating conditions expected across southern Ontario

November 09, 2017

Toronto (and area), get ready for a taste of winter tonight into tomorrow.

Environment Canada issued a winter weather travel advisory for the Greater Toronto Area early Thursday morning.

The weather agency says that temperatures are expected to plummet, resulting in the possibility for significant snowfall accumulations in the snow belt.

There are also concerns of a flash freeze event. "Initially the snow will melt on the roads, but as the temperature plunges well below freezing the roads will become slushy. In places where the slush gets packed down by vehicles, it will freeze into a layer of ice on the roads. This will result in localized areas of very dangerous travel," Dr. Doug Gillham of The Weather Network said.

In the advisory, the weather agency said that "untreated surfaces could become icy and slippery" as the snow affects the evening commute."

In addition to the winter travel advisory, Environment Canada issued a snow squall watch for a numbe of communities north of the GTA. Those include Barrie, Collingwood and Innisfil.

The weather agency also warned of snow accumulations exceeding fifteen (15) centimetres for areas with snow sqall watches and warnings. (For a list of them, click here.

Under snow squall bands, visibility will be reduced due to heavy snow and winds. This may cause blowing snow which would futher reduce visability on the roads, the weather agency said in the snow squall watch.

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