It is going to be another messy commute for Torontonians this morning. Longer travel times, slippery roads and transit delays are all to be expected throughout Thursday as motorist continues to grapple with the flurries. Both the TTC and GO have announced that commuters can experience longer than normal wait times and hundreds of accidents are being reported across GTA roads. 

The OPP reported on Thursday morning that they had responded to nearly 200 crashes in the GTA by Wednesday evening, and the accidents keep piling up.

Several significant accidents were reported by the OPP on the Ontario 400-series highway last night.

One of the incidents involved a cattle hauler loaded with livestock, which broke down on Highway 401 westbound express near Leslie Street.

The express lane was eventually closed down to allow the cattle to be safely transferred to a new trailer.

A transport truck later shut down Highway 401 eastbound express lanes at Avenue Rd. after punching through a concrete barrier. The large vehicle became jack-knifed, blocking several lanes as emergency crews worked to clear the.

A dump truck also flipped over on Highway 400 near King, Ontario. According Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the OPP, the crash caused a “huge mess” with traffic in the area becoming significantly congested due to a series of lane closures.

Witnesses report that the driver was travelling “too fast for conditions” when the accident occurred.

However, it's not just drivers that are being affected by these snowy conditions, but also commuters. 

The TTC is warning its customers to expect longer than usual wait times due to the weather. Bus routes, in particular, are being affected by the heavy snowfall.

“Expect longer than normal travel times and wait times on all bus routes due to inclement weather conditions. Please continue to monitor for updates on weather-related diversions,” a tweet from the transit agency reads.

Metrolinx also confirmed on Twitter Thursday morning that they would be attempting to run their regular service. 

However, Anne Marie Aikins later confirmed that GO buses would be seeing delays of up to 30 minutes. 

 

“As a result of traffic and weather conditions we are experiencing delays of approximately 25 minutes at this time. We anticipate delays to continue throughout the morning commute. ” read a tweet from GO Transit.

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