Environment Canada Issues First Travel Advisory of the Year for Toronto

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Environment Canada has issued a travel advisory for Toronto as a winter storm bears down on the city.

The travel advisory was issued this morning following the special weather statement released on Monday evening. According to the advisory, snowfall amounts between five and 10 cm could hit the city on Tuesday, with as much as 15 cm possible in some areas.

The advisory says the higher snowfall amounts are most likely over western portions of the city.

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Environment Canada says Tuesday’s snow will be heavy at times and will affect areas near the west end of Lake Ontario, while an easterly flow over the relatively warm waters of Lake Ontario will help to locally boost snowfall amounts.

“Rapidly accumulating snow may make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow and local blowing snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic,” reads the advisory.

The snow is expected to start falling Tuesday morning and continue through the evening. Environment Canada says there is also a risk of freezing drizzle later this afternoon.

A high of -2°C is expected throughout the afternoon, while the wind chill is expected to make it feel more like -9°C. This evening, the temperature is expected to dip down to –7°C, though it will feel more like -10°C with the wind chill, before rising to a high of -3°C on Wednesday.

If you do plan to leave your home today, make sure to bundle up, drive slow, and stay safe, Toronto.

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