Toronto is in for another blast of winter weather Tuesday.
There are 15 to 25 cm. of snow and ice pellets in the forecast — plus high winds and possible freezing rain.
Here’s how the day may play out:
Midnight to 7 a.m. – calm before the storm
It might not look like much in the morning.
The day will start cloudy and cool — but don’t be fooled. That snow is coming.
Meanwhile, the winds will be picking up to around 50 km/h, said Environment Canada meteorologist Ryan Rozinskis.
Can you work from home today? Environment Canada suggests postponing non-essential travel — the roads will soon be snow-covered, with near zero visibility at times.
Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Toronto tomorrow. As always, check back in the morning for the latest updates on possible cancellations, which will be posted by 6 a.m. pic.twitter.com/L735MTyd6h
Check to see if your office or school is open. Centennial College has already announced it’s closing all campuses for the day.
The snow should start in Hamilton and Kitchener around 6 a.m.
8 a.m. – It begins
The snow will start falling around 8 a.m. in Toronto — and it will be heavy from the start, said Rozinskis.
There will also be high winds, up to 80 km/hr, with the strongest gusts along the lakeshore.
That means the morning rush hour may be tough.
“We know there’s going to be an increased number of fender benders and crashes,” said Sgt. Brett Moore with Toronto Police.
Slow down, he said on Twitter. And if you’re in a minor crash, get your car off the road. Officers will be tied up and won’t be able to quickly get to all accidents.
By now, the snow will be engulfing the rest of York Region and Durham.
The City of Toronto says it’ll be de-icing, salting and plowing as required during the storm. You can track the city snow plows here.
There will be high winds throughout the day, and it’s going to be “nasty,” said CBC Meteorologist Colette Kennedy.
Snow, ice pellets and freezing rain are going to impact both the AM and PM commutes on Tuesday. Please plan ahead. Our salt trucks will be pre-positioned at their AM standby locations for a faster response.
12 p.m. – The ice pellets cometh
Lunchtime might get a little painful.
The snow may transition to ice pellets at some point between noon and 3 p.m., Rozinskis said, depending on where you are in the GTA.
That means less blowing snow, but the road conditions will still be bad.
1 p.m. – Possible power outages
Be ready for anything on a storm day.
In case of power outages, Toronto Hydro says they’ll have extra crews at the ready on Tuesday.
In anticipation of tomorrow’s possible winter storm, we’re preparing to have extra crews on standby in case of outages.
Learn how you can prepare too by making sure you have emergency kit essentials: pic.twitter.com/KBCsprzNkB
2 p.m. – Chance of freezing rain
There’s also a chance of freezing rain later in the afternoon, Environment Canada says.
Along with ice pellets, the freezing rain could arrive between 2 and 7 p.m.
By now, the wind should be slightly weaker than Tuesday morning — but it’ll still be gusting as high as 60 km/h into the evening.
Areas farther west and south of Toronto, like Kitchener and Hamilton, will see longer periods of freezing rain, Rozinskis said.
7 p.m. – Hello snow, my old friend
The ice pellets will change back into snow at some point Tuesday evening.
That snow will last through Tuesday night into Wednesday, gradually becoming lighter, said Rozinskis.
10 p.m. – It ain’t over til it’s over
Rozinskis warns of 5 to 10 cm. of snowfall on Tuesday night, and an overall total of up to 25 cm. for the day.
And keep your hat on — winds around 60 km/h should last through the evening and into Wednesday.
It isn’t Groundhog Day, but tomorrow’s storm might make it feel that way:
✔️ 15-25 cm snow
✔️ freezing rain
✔️ ice pellets
✔️ 80 km/h winds
✔️ blowing snow
✔️ reduced visibility
✔️ possible power outages
The morning after
There may be periods of snow on Wednesday, but only up to 5 cm., Rozinskis said.
But the next day’s commute may still be rough.
Rozinskis recommends keeping up to date, as weather conditions change.
Xerxes is wearing a serious snowsuit for the seriously cold weather in Toronto! We’re under an extreme cold weather alert again, and tomorrow’s forecast includes a lot of snow and freezing rain, so exercise caution with your pets and ensure that they’re bundled up for the weather pic.twitter.com/KqRoBjF0Ne