Major winter storm brings snow, thunder and lightning to parts of Ontario

TORONTO — Thousands of hydro customers across Ontario remain without power after a fierce winter storm hit the province, bringing heavy snow, strong wind and even thunder and lightning.

Snowfall and winter storm warnings remain in place for parts of southern Ontario, although Environment Canada says the worst of the bad weather should taper off later Saturday morning.

The weather agency says surfaces like highways, roads, walkways and parking lots could be difficult to navigate because of accumulating snow, and strongly discourages non-essential travel due to dangerous conditions.

Dozens of flights in and out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport were delayed or cancelled late Friday and early Saturday due to the weather, with airlines urging customers to check their flight status before leaving for airports in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

There have been reports of the CN Tower being struck by lightning.

Both Toronto Hydro and Hydro One are reporting scattered outages affecting thousands of customers, with crews responding to multiple safety emergencies such as downed power lines.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2023.

The Canadian Press