Residents of southern Ontario are digging out Wednesday morning after a large winter storm blanketed much of the region as it moved into Quebec.
Environment Canada ended winter storm warnings for much of southern Ontario early Wednesday morning after as much as 25 cm of snow fell in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Special weather statements remain in effect for areas outside of the GTA including Barrie-Orillia-Midland, and to the south in the Sarnia-Lambton area. A winter storm warning remains in effect for Renfrew and through Ottawa Valley.
Extreme cold weather alert issued for City of Toronto
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The winter weather forced several school bus cancellations and school closures in and around the Golden Horseshoe and travellers can expect delays at major airports.
As of 6:30 a.m., more than 80 out-going flights were cancelled at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Over 165 in-bound flights were also cancelled as a result of the winter storm.
Environment Canada ended blizzard warnings for portions of Quebec as the storm systems moves into eastern Canada. However, winter storm warnings remain in effect for the following areas:
Amqui – Matapédia Valley
Forillon National Park – Gaspé – Percé
Les Escoumins – Forestville
Mont-Tremblant Park – Saint-Michel-des-Saints
Sainte-Anne-des-Monts – Grande-Vallée
Sept-Îles – Port-Cartier
Upper Gatineau – Lièvre – Papineau
The storm system also forced the cancellation of several flights in and out of Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Wednesday morning, and travellers are asked to check their flight status before making the trip to the airport.
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Slick roads and strong winds are making the commute in the GTA a slow one a head of the morning rush hour and several collisions on major highways have already been reported.
Late Tuesday, Environment Canada warned motorists to consider “postponing non-essential travel” as the storm system moved into the region.