Wintery blast hits Toronto area
A quick blast of winter weather is being blamed for numerous accidents and flight cancellations in the Greater Toronto Area.
Published Tuesday, December 27, 2011 10:41PM EST
A blast of wintery weather is being blamed for numerous fender benders and flight cancellations in the Greater Toronto Area.
Wet snow, which began blanketing the region early Tuesday afternoon, is forecast to continue until the morning with accumulations of up to five centimetres, Environment Canada reported. Winds are also expected to gust up to 60 kilometres an hour.
Much of the province was under a special weather statement and there were snowfall warnings for the eastern portion of Ontario, where at least 15 centimetres is expected.
CTV Toronto's Anwar Knight said the GTA can expect a triple whammy of snow, frigid temperatures, and icy conditions.
Knight also warned that the conditions are expected to worsen overnight as temperatures were plunge from around the freezing mark Tuesday night to -7C by the morning.
The long-awaited snowfall resulted in slippery driving conditions across much of the GTA. There were reports of numerous accidents and many cars sliding off the roads especially north of the city.
This included a report of a serious accident in Stouffville, northeast of Toronto, where a multi-vehicle crash was reported in the Highway 48 and 19th Sideroad area. Three people were taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
York Regional Police was reported to have closed roads in the area.
Serious injuries were also reported in an accident on Highway 401 at Avenue Road in Toronto.
Meanwhile, the weather also caused numerous cancellations in and out of Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport including a number of flights from Ottawa and Montreal.