The Toronto area is waking up under a blanket of 31 centimetres of snow on Tuesday. Here’s what you can expect as you prepare to leave your house.
Take it slow on the roads
As of 6 a.m. ET, major highways are cleared, but many secondary roads and on-ramps remain coated in snow, says Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.
“The roads still are slick and they are wet, and it is slippery out there. The weather is starting to look better, but there still is a lot of wind and blowing snow.”
Schmidt reminds drivers to properly clear snow from their cars before setting out and to give themselves extra time.
There are also some highway closures and closed ramps, including on a section of Highway 401 in Whitby due to a collision.
UPDATE: COLLISION: <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hwy401?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Hwy401</a> WB after Thickson <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Whitby?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Whitby</a> – WB lanes remain closed, left lane of EB is closed. ^kw
TTC delays, cancellations
The weather is causing a number of morning delays and cancellations across the Toronto Transit Commission system.
The Line 3 Scarborough RT remains out of service, with shuttle buses running.
Line 3 Scarborough RT: No service due to inclement weather conditions. Shuttle buses are running.
Weather-related issues are also causing service suspensions on Line 2 between Woodbine and Kennedy.
Various bus routes are experiencing delays, detours or outright cancellations, including the 55 Warren Park.
Check the TTC service alerts Twitter account for more details on what’s running and what isn’t.
Schools, school buses
The Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board and Durham District School Board have opted to cancel all school buses — but schools remain open.
The Peel District School Board, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Halton District School Board have gone further, cancelling school for the day.
To all the <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/peelfam?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#peelfam</a> who asked before: due to weather conditions, all schools and offices in the Peel District School Board are closed for Tuesday, Jan. 29. This includes all busing and all before/after school programs, including night school. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ONStorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ONStorm</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeelSnowDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#PeelSnowDay</a> <a href=”https://t.co/pnbFMhDCSf”>pic.twitter.com/pnbFMhDCSf</a>
In Toronto, Crestwood Preparatory School and both Leo Baeck day schools are closed, as are all schools in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.
York Region District School Board is keeping its schools open and running buses.
Universities and colleges
University of Toronto Scarborough Campus will also be closed until 10 a.m., and University of Toronto Mississauga is closed until “at least” noon ET, according to its Twitter account.
Due to severe weather overnight, <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/UTSC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#UTSC</a> will be closed until 10 a.m. today. Classes, tutorials, labs and academic activities beginning at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. are cancelled. Non-essential staff should report to work when campus opens at 10 a.m. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/UofT?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#UofT</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ONstorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ONstorm</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ScarbTO?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ScarbTO</a> 1/2
Sheridan College, meanwhile, has opted to close and cancel all classes for the day.
Some flights cancelled
On Tuesday morning, Toronto International Pearson Airport reported about 10 per cent of flights have been cancelled.
That’s nothing compared to the situation Monday, when a third of all flights leaving Pearson were cancelled.
Still, it’s worth checking the airport’s arrivals and departures board to check on the status of your flight.