Snow, icy roads causes tricky morning commute
Blowing winds and below freezing temperatures made for treacherous roadways around the Greater Toronto Area Thursday morning.
Several accidents were reported on highways going into the city as commuters tried to maneuver their way through the snow- and ice-covered roads.
Environment Canada did not issue a weather advisory for Toronto but the Ontario Provincial Police are warning drivers to take their time as they make their way to work.
In Toronto, one woman was sent to hospital after the taxi she was riding in spun out on a patch of ice on University Avenue, hitting a light post.
The OPP reported one of their cruisers had been rear-ended on the southbound lanes of Highway 400 at Canal road in Bradford, Ont.
Police were at the scene investigating an accident involving an SUV that had rolled into the ditch when a second SUV struck the cruiser.
The force of the impact caused the cruiser to crash into the center median of the highway.
The cruiser suffered heavy damage and the driver was transported to hospital with minor injuries..
Strong wind gusts created near white-out conditions in some areas. Poor visibility was reported in Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton.
Most of the snow being blown around fell during Wednesday's storm. Toronto saw six centimeters fall at Pearson Airport. Oak Ridges saw the most snow, recording 17 centimetres of snow.
Heavy snow squalls are expected to fall along Ontario's snow belt.
"Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions," said a warning posted on the Environment Canada website.
School bus service was cancelled in in the Kawartha, Mukoka and Niagara Region.
The weather in Toronto is expected to remain stable for the rest of Thursday. Flurries are expected to end this morning to give way to sunny skies. Temperatures are expected to reach to -4C but it will feel like -12C with the wind chill.