Brace yourselves for winter driving! Snow squalls are hitting parts of Ontario and specifically the Greater Toronto Area, today meaning the roads are going to get messy.
In a series of watches, warnings, special weather statements Environment Canada is advising Ontarians that some areas are getting 10 to 15 cm of snow today. They have even issued a winter travel advisory for some regions.
Specifically in the GTA, Environment Canada has issued a snow watch for York and Durham regions. According to the warning, snow squalls are expected for today and they say that will make travel hazardous. They specifically mention slippery roads and sidewalks and the potential for zero-visibility.
Meanwhile, in the Niagara region, Environment Canada has issued a winter travel advisory. They warn that blowing snow will lead to reduced visibility on the roads and that travelling will be hazardous at times today.
The areas of Ontario that are going to be hardest hit however are northern areas, including the northernmost parts of the GTA like Barrie. In the Barrie area, Environment Canada has issued a snow squall warning that they will receive 15 cm of snow by tonight.
They say the squalls will be unstable, with quick bursts of snow, heavy accumulation, and blowing snow. They again are warning that travel will be hazardous and people should be careful about a quick deterioration in road conditions.
Downtown Toronto itself has been spared from the warnings, but that doesn't mean there will be no snow. The city is forecasted to get flurries all afternoon but unlike the other parts of Ontario, snow accumulation in Toronto will only be around 1 cm.