The city of Toronto has ended the extreme cold weather alert issued Tuesday.

Alerts are called when Environment Canada predicts an overnight temperature of -15 C or lower, issues a wind chill warning or predicts extreme weather conditions.

To protect the homeless, the city makes extra shelter spaces available and steps up outreach to get people indoors.

680News meteorologist Harold Hosein has forecast three centimetres of snow Wednesday afternoon and a high of -6 C. The temperature will rise in the evening.

Despite the reprieve, tens of thousands of homes and businesses are still without power — and heat — in the GTA.