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A winter storm took hold of the GTA and much of Southern Ontario Monday evening into Tuesday morning.
Environment Canada’s snowfall warning was initially issued on Sunday but remained in place Monday with the weather agency warning of 15 to 25 centimetres of snow to fall well into the day on Tuesday.
Winter weather disrupted the reopening of schools in three Ontario COVID-19 hot spots where in-person classes were set to resume Tuesday, with some students forced to rely on virtual classes a little longer.
School buses have been cancelled in Toronto, Peel, York, and Halton regions due to the storm.
The Durham Catholic District School Board and the Durham District School Board have cancelled school buses in Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3.
It is a snow day in Halton which means no classes at all. Classes in York and Peel Region will move to virtual learning.
Durham District School Board (DDPSB) elementary schools remain open but secondary classes have been moved to online. Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) remain open.
Toronto schools also remain open for in-person learning.
It’s a slip-sliding get stuck in a snowbank kind of morning. Plows have been out all night but side streets especially are still snow covered. It’s also cold: feels -19 with windchill. This is the first of two storms this week. More snowfall expected Thursday into Friday. pic.twitter.com/U8Zdd5Qm0M
— carl hanstke (@carl680) February 16, 2021
The blowing snow will make for tricky driving conditions throughout Tuesday.
“Strong winds gusting up to 50 km/h are expected to produce local blowing snow from this evening into Tuesday afternoon in some places,” the federal weather agency said.
Be ready for winter driving this morning. Give plows space and watch for snow banks when merging onto the hwy https://t.co/QsFolZbudZ
— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP_HSD) February 16, 2021
The snow will wrap up on Tuesday morning but the windy conditions will make for scattered flurries throughout the day.
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— Michelle Mackey (@michellemackey) February 16, 2021