With literal ice pellets falling from the sky this morning, parts of the GTA are completely shut down because of the weather. Freezing rain is hitting the Toronto and Niagara regions all day long and it's causing a lot of problems.
Environment Canada has already issued a severe warning in Toronto and many other parts of Southern Ontario. They warn that roads and walkways will become slippery and driving conditions will be changing. They also warn that ice build up can cause trees to break and lead to power outages.
The freezing rain is so bad in some places that it is actually causing parts of the GTA to be shut down completely. In Toronto, York Region, Durham, and Simcoe school boards all school buses are cancelled for the day. Then in Peel, Dufferin, Halton, and Hamilton-Westward have cancelled all buses and close schools completely.
It's not only younger students getting a snow day today either. Several post-secondary schools in the area have also completely closed their campuses today due to the inclement weather. This includes University of Toronto Mississauga, McMaster University, Brock, Laurier, University of Waterloo, Mohawk College, Niagara College, and Humber.
As the closures have been announced on Twitter this morning and throughout the day, students across the region are celebrating their extra day off.
luv u...— Yasmeen Zarka (@yasmeenzarka1) February 6, 2019
I'm so happy I opened twitter first before cramming for my morning midterm— CarbonToaster (@CarbonToaster) February 6, 2019
On top of the school closures, one part of the Toronto area that is being hit particularly hard is transportation. Right now at Pearson Airport, hundreds of flights have been either delayed or cancelled due to the freezing rain.
The airport advised yesterday that anyone who is supposed to be flying out of Pearson today should call the airline in advance to confirm whether their flight is still running on schedule.
The freezing rain is expected to continue all day long, and even into tomorrow, meaning your evening commute will likely be worse than your trip into work or school today. Over 10mm of ice is expected to build up in some areas.