Friday, May 20, 2022

SNOWMAGEDDON: Gardiner, DVP shut down as GTA under Blizzard warning

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Toronto Police are temporarily closing the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway as the GTA season continues to be affected by the storm.

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Police say the move is “for extreme weather and for the safety of drivers”. All ramps will be closed and snow will be used to clear the roadways. Dozens of vehicles got stuck due to the collision on the highway.

The shutdown took effect at 10:30 am and was expected to last till at least mid-afternoon to reduce accumulation.

Spokesman Brad Ross tweeted, “Three rounds of plowing on the expressway and two rounds of plowing on main roads and major roads has been completed. The hills on TTC routes will also continue to travel on priority throughout the day. Streetcar routes, bike lanes, footpaths, bus stops, crosswalks are also being cleaned. ,

He also told The Sun: “We are doing our best to clear the streets and we ask people to stay home unless they absolutely have to go out.”

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Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for the City of Toronto, York, Durham, Halton, Peel, Hamilton, Belleville and Niagara regions. A blizzard occurs when there is snow and sustained winds of 40 km/h for four hours and more.

Snowfall of up to 50 cm is expected in some areas, and the weather agency is warning residents to be cautious given the risk of reduced visibility on the road.

Ontario Provincial Police say there have been reports of multiple collisions and vehicles getting stuck on roadways. Drivers are advised to slow down and drive according to the weather conditions.

OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt is on the highways and says that snow accumulation on his windshield is blocking his view in mere seconds.

“I can’t see what’s happening in front of me,” he said. “Today is the day to work from home.”

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Both TTC and GO Transit are reporting meteorological effects to their transit service and advising customers to expect delays.

Dozens of flights to and from Pearson Airport were also delayed or canceled on Monday morning.

The City of Toronto has also issued an extreme cold weather warning, saying that all roads are being plowed and liquid brine is being poured onto city streets.

The storm is expected to subside by dinner time. There is a possibility of another 5 cm of snow on Tuesday.

As the snow continues to fall, here’s the latest on what a return to individual classes will be for all students across the province today:

Toronto District School Board: Schools are closed and buses are cancelled. All the students will move towards online studies.

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Toronto Catholic District School Board: Schools are closed and buses are cancelled. All the students will move towards online studies.

York Area District School Board: Schools are closed. No online studies.

York Catholic District School Board: Schools are closed. No online studies.

Peel District School Board: Schools are closed. No online studies.

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board: Schools are closed. All the students will move towards online studies.

Halton Catholic District School Board: Schools are closed. No online studies.

Halton District School Board: Schools are closed. No online studies.

Durham District School Board: Schools are closed. No online teaching for primary students. Secondary students will move towards online education.

Durham Catholic District School Board: Schools are closed. No online teaching for primary students. Secondary students will move towards online education.

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