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Blowing snow in GTA overnight Thursday to make for messy, long commute

Last Updated Feb 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm EDT

People out for a walk on snowy day in downtown Toronto on February 18, 2021. Andrew Osmond | 680 NEWS

Mother nature isn’t going down without a fight.

Environment Canada has officially ended a “Snow Squall Watch” for parts of the GTA but a second round of snow has arrived in the Greater Toronto Area.

Toronto, Peel, and Halton regions are now under a winter weather travel advisory.

 

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Environment Canada says the system has the potential to produce 15 cm of snow.

“Current indications suggest that the snow could affect shoreline areas from Toronto Island to Burlington as well as areas inland,” Environment Canada said.

“Motorists should be prepared for possible winter driving conditions, especially along the QEW and portions of highway 403 and 407 on Thursday.”

Most of the Golden Horseshoe is expected to see anywhere from 5-10 cm, but localized totals of 10-20 cm are possible between Burlington and Mississauga.

680 NEWS meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai says “the PM commute will be worse than the morning… some spots will see 15-plus cm, especially Toronto and westwards.”

The snow is expected to continue falling Friday.

The City of Toronto is asking businesses and homeowners to plan to get up early to shovel off their sidewalks.

It’s also asking Torontonians and private contractors to not push snow into bike lanes and roadways, calling it dangerous.

A winter storm took hold of the GTA and much of Southern Ontario Monday evening into Tuesday morning.

This disrupted the reopening of schools in three Ontario COVID-19 hot spots where in-person classes were set to resume.


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In the U.S., utility crews raced Wednesday to restore power to nearly 3.4 million customers who were still without electricity in the aftermath of a deadly winter storm, and another blast of ice and snow threatened to sow more chaos.

The latest storm front was expected to bring more hardship to states that are unaccustomed to such frigid weather — parts of Texas, Arkansas, and the Lower Mississippi Valley — before moving into the Northeast on Thursday.

In Texas, the power grid in this state is run by the non-profit electric reliability council of Texas.

Some consumers blame, not Ercot, but the individual power companies that feed into the grid and supply their homes. However neither Ercot nor the power companies can say when it’ll be back on.

The federal emergency management agency is sending water and blankets to Texas and other parts of the south central U.S.

For the fourth straight day, San Antonio is rescheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments due to the lingering effects of the winter storm.

Residents in Louisiana are being asked to voluntarily conserve energy tonight due to power shortages.

Officials there say the need for power is approaching an all-time peak, even greater than those experienced during the polar vortex of January 2019.

 

With files from The Associated Press

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