Ontario's Winter Storm Will Make Travel 'Hazardous' Today & School Buses Are Being Cancelled

Environment Canada asking drivers to postpone non-essential travel.

Toronto in winter. Right: School buses covered in snow.

Toronto in winter. Right: School buses covered in snow.

The arrival of Ontario's winter storm likely caught some residents off guard on Friday morning. The province, which kicked off 2023 with weeks of milder temperatures, is now expected to be buried under a sheet of accumulation ahead of the weekend, with some regions already calling for a snow day.

According to The Weather Network (TWN), eastern parts of Ontario will be most affected by the day's wintry event, with approximately 25 centimetres of snow expected to fall. As a result, the City of Ottawa cancelled all school bus transportation first thing Friday morning and issued a daytime winter parking ban from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

However, it's worth noting that most schools in the area have opted to remain open.

Widespread winter weather advisories have also been issued by Environment Canada (EC), warning motorists to prepare for "hazardous winter driving conditions."

"Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow," EC warns. "If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop."

Southern regions of Ontario, such as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), will be less impacted by the snow, with around 5 centimetres of snow expected. Still, drivers passing through the area will want to be cautious as visibility will be poor, and roads could become slippery as the day progresses.

As for what the weekend will hold? TWN reports that a much-needed round of sunshine will make Saturday and Sunday feel especially blissful as the storm departs.

Daytime temperatures will be chilly, though, with cities like Toronto expected to float around -5 degrees. Bundle up, folks!

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Patrick John Gilson
Patrick John Gilson was a Creator with Narcity Media focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.