Snowy weather snarls road, air travel
Web Staff, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, January 12, 2011 9:52AM EST
Here we snow again indeed.
For the second time in a week, Toronto's commuters have had to sludge through slippery roads and heavy snow to make their way through the city.
Even the highways remained snow-covered throughout the morning traffic rush as the snow continued to fall over the GTA. Commuters complained it was taking twice as long to get to their destinations.
Police are asking drivers to take public transportation today instead of taking their vehicle on the road.
More than 100 accidents were reported to police Wednesday morning, including one at Avenue and Lawrence avenues where a driver was taken to hospital after his car crashed into a TTC bus.
About 7 centimetres fell overnight but according to Environment Canada, another 2 to 4 centimetres could fall by the time the snow ends early this afternoon.
The bone-chilling weather is only adding to the miserable conditions. The temperature dipped to -10 C Wednesday morning but with the wind chill, it felt more like -19.
The snowstorm was felt the most west of Toronto, particularly in the Niagara region.
All student transportation for the Niagara District School Board and the Niagara Catholic District School Board was cancelled, though the schools remained open for parents who can not provide alternate supervision for their children.
The CAA has been flooded with calls all morning, according to a spokesperson. Officials say they are responding to emergency situations first.
The winter weather affected air travel out of Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport and Pearson International Airport.
A snowstorm in northeast U.S. has forced numerous cancellations and delays.
Porter Airlines has issued a travel advisory for Toronto, Halifax, Newark and Boston because of the weather delays.
Both airports suggest that flyers call ahead to find out what the status is on their flights.
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