Much of the Greater Toronto Area is under a snowfall warning as 15 to 20 cm of snow is hitting the city Wednesday.
In Toronto, snow began early Wednesday afternoon, and is set to continue overnight into Thursday morning.
Rapidly accumulating snow can cause reduced visibility and make travel difficult for drivers. Isolated power outages are also possible, the national weather agency said on their website.
Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson says the Wednesday evening commute and Thursday morning commute will be significantly impacted.
“It’s going to be a real problem. Not only should drivers be wary of snowfall, but also poor visibility,” Coulson said to Now Toronto.
“It’s really just going to be up to everyone to pack the patience. “For anybody who did travel in Wednesday morning when it was relatively quiet weather-wise, the drive home is going to be a lot different with very poor visibilities in the snow,” he added.
Coulson also urged pedestrians to be aware of icy patches on sidewalks.
Due to the severe weather, the city is closing recreation centres and indoor arenas as of Jan 25. at 6 p.m.
After-school programs and facilities with childcare centres are set to run as scheduled.
The Warming Centre at Mitchel Field is open. Agincourt, John Innes, Masaryk-Cowan and Regent Park Community Centre will remain open for respite.
Coulson notes the GTA is headed into a period of somewhat colder than normal weather, which means we could still see snow on the roads come Friday.
He said a weaker but faster-moving system is headed to the GTA on Saturday and Sunday.
As for next week, temperatures could be colder than seasonal, which means snowfall is likely to remain on the ground for the coming days, Coulson said.
“That’s also likely to stick around too with the colder temperatures expected for the last couple of days of January leading into February.”