Toronto is gleaming with sunny skies and spring-like temperatures this Monday afternoon, but not all areas of the province are so lucky. Despite temperatures in Toronto reaching double-digits today, northern Ontario is battling another major snowstorm, prompting Canada Post to suspend delivery in the region until further notice.
Canada Post issued a "Red Alert" this morning, announcing on Twitter that Canada's postal delivery system will be halting operations in Northern Ontario. The suspension is the result of severe weather conditions in the area that are impeding mail delivery.
Red Alerts are the most severe classification of service alerts in Canada Post's network. Although the alert does not mention specific cities or towns that will be affected by the mail delivery suspension, it's safe to assume that communities in and around Sudbury, Kenora, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, and Timmins won't be receiving letters and packages for the time being.
The Weather Network is currently reporting heavy snowfall and freezing rain in the northern regions of Ontario, pushing through the Nickel Belt and toward the northeastern area of the province.
According to the current weather forecast, significant snow is expected to accumulate around Timmins and along Highway 11 for the rest of the day.
In total, over 20 cm of snow is expected. Canada Post also stated that mail delivery will resume once it is declared safe to do so. In the meantime, the delivery service advises the public to clear and salt walkways and stars to ensure everyone - postal workers included - remain safe and sound.
Warnings of freezing rain are also being issued for areas northeast of Lake Superior with ice accretion. The Weather Network has issued a statement to alert drivers of slick conditions - especially if people neglect to salt treat the surfaces of roads and walkways with salt.
Stay safe out there, northern Ontario!