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Overnight snowfall in Toronto leads to messy, slippery Monday morning commute

Global News logo Global News 2019-12-02 Gabby Rodrigues
a car covered in snow: A photo of Victoria Park Avenue near Highway 401 as overnight snow has fallen in Toronto. © Kamil Karamali / Global News A photo of Victoria Park Avenue near Highway 401 as overnight snow has fallen in Toronto.

Snow has fallen overnight in Toronto and the surrounding GTA, bringing with it a slippery and hazardous morning commute.

Environment Canada has issued a winter weather travel advisory for early Monday morning.

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"An area of moderate snowfall is affecting areas near Lake Ontario including the Greater Toronto Area early this morning. Accumulations of up to 5 cm or so are possible," the statement read.

Environment Canada said the snow should taper off at 6 a.m.

The Ontario Provincial Police, just before 6 a.m. Monday, had already reported multiple collisions across the GTA and are warning motorists to "always drive according to the weather conditions."

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said police are dealing with about 20 collisions Monday morning. However, in the last 24 hours there were about 500 crashes in the GTA area, Schmidt said.

"It's going to take you a little longer to get to where you're going," Schmidt said via periscope. "If you were parked outside last night, there's going to be ice on your windows, there's also going snow to be on top of that ice."

Southern Ontario was slammed with mixed precipitation on Sunday as rain, ice pellets and snow caused numerous crashes, some fatal, in the St. Catharines and Kingston areas.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia man dead after crash involving up to 40 vehicles shut down Hwy. 401 near Kingston

The City of Toronto said plows and salters have been out on main roads throughout the overnight hours in response to the additional snowfall and will continue into the morning rush hour.

The Toronto District School Board said buses are running and schools are open on Monday despite likely delays due to the weather.


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