The GTA Will Be Hit With Up To 10 Cm Of Snow & A Terrible Commute Today
It's about to get messy.
GTA drivers, get ready to gear up for some slippery roads this morning. A weather alert has been issued by Environment Canada for the City of Toronto and surrounding areas. The GTA weather warning is projecting up to 10cm of snow in some areas and the morning commute will be impacted.
Make sure to leave your house today with extra time to spare.
The weather is supposed to clear up by late afternoon, but the morning is looking messy, and reports of a slower-than-normal commute seem to be across the board.
Environment Canada is predicting 5 centimetres of snow to have accumulated by mid-day, and even more by the evening.
The snow this morning seems to be an unexpected squall that burst into the GTA just before dawn. It is falling at a rate of 1-2 centimetres per hour, the Weather Network reports.
Most of the snowfall is expected between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. this morning, according to meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.
However, it is still expected to carry on throughout the afternoon.
There have already been collisions reported, so be sure to drive extra safe this morning.
According to BBT Toronto traffic reporter, Stephanie Henry, multiple crashes have been causing congestion on the EB 401.
Hamilton and the Niagara region are projected to get 2-5 centimetres, but the roads will be more slippery because the snowfall will be mixed with rain.
The wet snow could freeze over fast because of the cold temperatures, so keep that in mind while driving in those areas.
However, the OPP states that this isn't the worst case of morning commute that they have seen this winter.
"Right now the call volume that we have for collisions is actually relatively low," OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told CP24.
"We only have about half a dozen crashes on the go at this time all the way from Niagara to Barrie so certainly we are not doing too bad."
Although the projected 5-centimetre dump is not the most we've ever seen, roads are still extremely slippery and hard to see, so keep that in mind.